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.
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!
We spend a lot of time pondering the interior design of our homes, but do we give the same amount of attention to our classrooms? Perhaps not. That’s why Peter Barrett’s (a Professor at Salford University) research is so interesting. In 2015, he and his colleagues studied the quality of learning of 3,766 primary school students in the UK, investigating whether or not the design of their classroom affected their learning via their senses. Barrett identified a 16% improvement on the rate of learning in a room that was well-designed. So what did he investigate, and how can we use his findings to improve the quality of our classrooms?
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Reading areas have been around for decades but not always have they had an impact on the teaching and learning of reading and writing. A reading area’s aim is to encourage children to engage with texts in order to become an effective independent reader. Does a reading corner really attract children to read? Should it be a reading area? Should we even designate an area for reading, is not the whole world a reading area? Whatever your opinion, here are a few ideas on how you can re-invent the reading corner!