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Welcome to Week 2

Welcome to Week 2 of Supporting Successful Learning in Secondary School. In this part of the course you’ll be turning your attention to how pupils learn. It’s very easy to …

Pupil’s view: My world

Pupils have to be physically and emotionally in the right place to learn, but that’s not to say they can’t have good and bad days, just like adults. We need …

Values, beliefs and attitudes

People’s values, beliefs and attitudes are formed and bonded over time through the influences of family, friends, society and life experiences. So, by the time you’re an adult, you can …

What type of teacher?

In a paper entitled ‘Beginning teacher curriculum decision making, personal teaching metaphors, and teacher education’ (please note this article is behind a paywall), there’s a description of the metaphors two …

Why are metaphors useful in teaching?

Being a good educator is knowing who you are and understanding yourself. This very much applies to the staff who have supporting roles within schools too, and metaphors are a …

Peer support exercise

Now that you know what’s required of a good listener, this peer coaching exercise will allow you to practice your listening skills, and empower others to try and work out …

In conversation with Helen

In this Step, Helen Bilton was in conversation with the University of Reading’s Online Course Team. Hi Helen, thanks for taking the time to answer some of our questions today. …

Unconscious bias

There’s an aspect of your values, beliefs and attitudes system that helps you make decisions which is called the unconscious bias. Bias is a tendency to either lean towards or …

Planning effective questions

In Step 4.13 you’ve explored three types of question, and as mentioned in the Step 4.12 – the quality of an answer received is determined by the quality of the …

What’s in a question?

“If you want interesting answers, you’ve got to ask interesting questions.” – Ted Wragg, Professor of Education A question is an enquiry either spoken or written to find something out, …

The importance of the right question

In the video ‘Questions’, Professor Ted Wragg, an educationalist and academic, discusses three types of questions, he discovered, were often asked in schools. Let’s break these down a little further: …