What does mastery and depth of knowledge actually look like and how can we promote it in a fun and engaging ways? To put it short, children should have a solid understanding of what they have learnt and be able to recall facts, use skills and understand concepts permanently. To allow children to develop this solid understanding, children should be using and applying and evaluating their learning. Here are our top 5 activities to promote mastery skills and deepen understanding in your classroom!
Questioning is key to learning and language development not just in Literacy but across the curriculum. However, Many parents and educators are unsure how to stimulate children’s oral language development in play and reading. One good method, often used in Speech development, is “levels of questioning”. These “levels of questioning” were developed by Blank, Rose and Berlin (1978). The questions move from concrete to abstract.
Understanding the complexity of questions can help in simplifying language or in appropriately challenging language skills. Children need to understand and respond to all these levels of questions to function easily within a nursery or Foundation Stage classroom. Ages given in brackets are averages. Some 2-year olds may cope with level 2-3 questions, while some four year olds may need questions simplified to level 1-2.
I am so please to see my latest e-mag published and being shared across the teaching community. Teaching is a passion of mine and it has been great collaborating with so many fantastic educators across the globe to bring this together.
There are so many great teachers out there, not just in the UK, sharing great contact across social media for free. A lot of CPD is both expensive and time consuming. One of my founding beliefs is that, as teachers, we should be working together and supporting each other to be the best that we can be. We know it can be tough, we know we work long hours, but by sharing positivity and engaging, exciting teaching ideas, we can change eduction one step at a time!
Social media, is a great resource to achieve this, however it can be difficult to find content that is of high quality and centred around the children. This is why I have pulled together the best content out there into this e-magazine, to broadcast the amazing teachers out there that are making a huge difference to the day to day lives of their children. They are inspirational! Enjoy reading!
Struggling for ideas for World Book Day?
Take a look at some of ours below, they might spark your imagination.
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.
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?
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!