As the UK Government announces its plans to recruit and retain teachers, schools have turned their focus on developing staff wellbeing. The interpretation of this 'wellbeing' can differ dramatically from school to school. Leaving chocolate on staff desks and weekly yoga sessions are all valiant efforts of improving teacher moral but the true key to wellbeing is by not adding yoga mats to your resources order.
When surveying and speaking to the staff in my school on staff moral and wellbeing, it all boils down to workload and time. Improving teacher retention and growing wellbeing is the act of refining and streamlining school approaches and processes so that time is used effectively and purposefully. In turn, this will also change the teachers' mindsets and may allow them to support their own wellbeing too.
Does your sticker chart some how not work? Do you find yourself focusing far too much on the bad behaviour and not enough time on the good? Behaviour management can be a tricky thing to grasp, particularly when you have a challenging group of children. hOWEVER, SOMETIMES IT IS THE LITTLE TWEAKS YOU MAKE TO THE SYSTEMS YOU HAVE IN PLACE WHICH CAN MAKE A big DIFFERENCE TO THE BEHAVIOUR OF YOUR CHILDREN. We have five tips on how you can adjust your approach to behaviour which can have a major impact!
It has been an exciting year for Literacy WAGOLL. The website is growing in popularity every week and we have been receiving great feedback. 2018 also saw the introduction of our teaching and learning vlogs which have begun to be noticed by teachers from all over the world including some educational magazines. In fact, 2018 saw Literacy WAGOLL featured in the 'Teach Primary' magazine as well as on the 'Teach Wire' website with articles focused both on this blog and our Youtube Channel videos. We are now proud to introduce to you the rebranded blog and vlog, WAGOLL Teaching! All the same content and a little bit more... Our aim is simple - to create high quality vlogs which share practical ideas for your classroom. But for now here are our top 5 vlogs from 2018! Enjoy!
Last week, I just sat in our school library and watched. I noticed that there was more than one effective way to interact with the children in your class. Some approaches are better than others at different times and promote different skills in the children. Teacher to Pupil, Pupil to Teacher and Pupil to Pupil are all great methods, but what are they and how can they be used effectively?
Do you often find yourself stuck when planning a lesson? Do your lessons run over or lose direction? Teachers often have these struggles when planning lessons. Lesson cogs is a simple way of looking at lesson planning. by understanding the cogs that make up a successful lesson, you can easily use them to sequence activities and tasks to make great learning happen. Each cog links to a type of child or teacher-led activity that plays a part in learning. But what are the cogs and what do they look like in a lesson? Below, we break down each cog for you - enjoy!
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'.
The Learning Adventure is a simple scaffold for teachers which allows you to plan an exciting and engaging unit of learning for the children in your class. It follows an inquiry model used and followed by many creative and tech businesses when developing new products. This is a chance to deliver the curriculum in a modern and fun way that engages children and builds key skill that they will need for future success! Time to innovate!
Sometimes the smallest things we say and do as teachers can have the biggest impact on children and their learning. More often than not, it is the things that teachers have always said like 'Do you understand?' and 'What is the answer?' that can actually have a negative impact on certain children. By making slight changes to the things we say, we can actually allow children to develop in a far more positive and focused way. Here are our top 5 things you should say more of in the classroom!
Where risks are taken, mistakes are made and where mistakes are made, learning happens. This is the philosophy taken by teachers with their pupils but rarely do we apply it to our own practice. More often than not teachers play it safe and stick to what they know, particularly during lesson observations. Literacy WAGOLL would like to introduce 'Take a Risk Tuesdays!'. It is time to experiment, it is time to innovate!
Progress, progress, progress! That is the word every Ofsted inspection focuses on, every headteacher talks about in every staff meeting and the one word that has rolled teachers eyes for years. However, when you look beyond the buzzword and look at what is actually means on a day to day basis, it simply is an expectation that all children are learning well. Two of the most important question to ask yourself as a teacher are, 'Are the children learning well in this lesson?' and ' Do they know it?'. If the answer is no to either or both of these, here is a simple tip to instantly improve your lesson planning and teaching!