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Struggling for ideas for World Book Day?
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World Book Day?!? Why not make it a week?
Here at literacy W.A.G.O.L.L we love all things literacy and the thought of just a day to celebrate makes us a little sad so in our schools we take a full week off timetable and plan everything around our book. (Don’t worry, you can still get all areas of the curriculum covered just takes a little creativity) You can find examples at the end of this article.
Questioning is one of the foundations of learning. a good question can be the most powerful tool for learning a teacher has. If a child is asked a great question, new viewpoints, ideas and understanding can be developed. A good question can enthuse, stir, and provoke children which can eventually lead to a newly gained skill, deeper understanding or a new viewpoint.
Good questions can:
Having good questioning skills doesn't happen over night; below are some ways in which you can develop your questioning skills in your day to day practice. Additionally, if you want to develop your skills more please take part in our online PD class!
New year, new start! As we enter 2018, people across the world, give up chocolate, take up exercise and make new resolutions. But, what will you change in the classroom? Here are 10 easy tweaks you can make to your professional practice that can make a huge difference to you and your children!
As the digital world grows, so do the opportunities. Although there are plenty of paid applications and websites that provide exciting resources for children, there are also a number of free resources around the World Wide Web that offer free virtual trips around the world. This opportunity allows children to explore environments and locations they perhaps will never see in real life - and with new experiences, come new writing opportunities. Here are 5 of the best!
In the modern world of teaching, with formal observations, OFSTED and 'outstanding progress lessons, it is far too easy for lessons to become a tick box exercise where various features have to be observed to be taking place in order for the lesson to receive a positive judgement. However, if we strip the performance of observations back and look at the core features, we can ask what are the foundations that make great learning happen? Here are 7 key parts to lessons and learning that form the 'Teaching Essentials'.
Over the decades, teaching strategies have evolved and progressed to support and enhance the quality of learning taking place in classrooms. This is usually due to research or professionals innovating their approaches and seeing the gained impact on the children. This results in the new idea being shared with other professionals. However, some small strategies are still used in classrooms today, even though they don’t always support student development. This is usually because teachers don’t even notice they are using them. They become ingrained by accident. Dave Brailsford, as the new General Manager and Performance Director for Team Sky, stated that if you change 100 things by 1%, you improve yourself by 100%. To get you started, here are 5 small changes every teacher should make to have a positive impact on the children.
Just like children, we learn from others. Therefore, it is very important that time is given for teachers to share what they do best with others. Not only does it boost confidence, but it raises standards and develops consistent high levels of teaching which supports pupil development and progress. Although getting into classrooms is the best way to view and share ideas, it is not always easy to find time during the already busy teaching week. Below are 5 alternative ways that teachers and professionals can share what they do well with others.
Diverse Learning is a step on from differentiation. Differentiation suggests changing the learning and boxing it up for each group of children which limits children's progress. Diverse learning looks at the idea of allowing children to access the same learning but in different ways. tHERE ARE TWO ELEMENTS TO THIS:
Differentiation has been an element of teaching for decades but it is not always conducted and approached in the right way. The process of targeting every learner's needs in your classroom can lead to some teachers boxing children into ability groups. This usually assists high ability learners but hinders the lower children.
As professionals, we do not place 'satisfactory' teachers with other 'satisfactory' teachers, we send them to observe and learn from the 'outstanding' practitioners. A flea can jump 100 times it's body height, but if left in a jar with the lid on a for a small period of time, that flea will never jump higher than the jar height ever again!
This is the same with children, box them into a group and they may never strive to achieve more than what they are presented with in that group. by opening up the classroom and creating a diverse learning environment, you are giving each child the chance to strive and achieve anything! You open that jar lid! Below are some practical ideas of how you can create a diverse learning environment. reMEMBER, CHOICE IS THE KEY!
Ben Parr has released this short video via Big Think with a focus on the psychology of attention. He identifies three types of attention: immediate, short, and long. To capture someone's attention you have to see these three as stages into a person's subconscious. But how does this translate into the classroom?