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Example: thinking about key skills

In this step we provide two examples and ask you to think about the skills that would be needed for students to complete the tasks. If you teach science, we …

Effective learning in groups

Research tells us that one way we can make group learning for students more beneficial is by getting them to work cooperatively. In their review of literature about collaborative learning, …

Responding between lessons

Dylan discusses the importance of planning for decision-driven-data-collection across lessons to help inform us of how well our students are doing in developing key skills and concepts in our subjects. …

Responding to the evidence

There are lots of different ways teachers can respond to the range of responses, vague ideas and incorrect thinking they elicit from their students. We have come up with a …

Taking action on the evidence

So far in the course: In Week 1 we explored the importance of decision-driven-data-collection. That is planning for opportunities to collect evidence of students’ learning Then, in Week 2 we …

Teaching resources: questioning

How have you used questioning in your classroom? On this step we’d like to see your teaching resources to show us and other teachers how you’ve implemented the ideas we’ve …

Classroom example: gimme 5

To improve the quality of evidence gathered, and increase students’ thinking, rather than asking the whole class for one response, we can rephrase a question, or activity, and ask students …

Classroom example: rich questions

Over the next few steps we explore simple and easy to implement ways we can use questions to improve the quality of the evidence we collect. These simple approaches if …

Classroom example: think, pair, share

This activity has three parts: 1. Think – The teacher poses a question and gives children thinking time on their own (up to two minutes). Open-ended questions, or questions with …

Improving your questioning

From their work on questioning Wragg and Brown (1993) identified a range of common errors that teachers may employ when they are using questions in the classroom. Common errors and …

Questioning to tune your teaching

In this step we look at questioning to enable you to tune your teaching to your students. In the video Chris and some of our teachers discuss the value in …

Tuning your teaching

There are a variety of ways teachers can collect evidence at the end of lessons and Dylan mentions a few in this video, including exit tickets and reviewing students’ written …