teaching

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”
Albert Einstein

 


teach smart: 10 principles of effective teaching

3 hours

Teach Smart draws upon the seminal work of Barak Rosenshine, Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois, to distill the research and evidence into effective teaching and draw out the implications for primary classroom practice in all lessons and within all subjects. The result is 10 simple principles, which if applied to your classrooms, will improve teaching and result in improved learning for all children across the curriculum.

As a result of the training, you will understand:

  • the vital role that daily, weekly and half-termly review plays in securing long-term learning, and how to build simple review sessions into your existing sessions that take little planning and boost learning
  • why teaching more slowly in small steps using a ‘simple-to-complex’ approach might actually mean that children move through curriculum content quicker with better retention
  • why explicit teaching and clear modelling are crucial to learning, and how to model effectively for maximum learning
  • why obtaining a high success rate matters, how to check understanding quickly and easily within lessons and how to respond if children didn’t understand what you have just taught
  • what we ought to be sending time practicing, how to effectively guide that and scaffold practice, and why independent practice matters
  • why process questions matter and how to ask them well

 

Throughout the training, you will explore practical examples and have the opportunity to apply the principles to one of your lesson plans so that by the end of the training you will have designed an effective lesson based upon the 10 principles of effective teaching.

 


memorable teaching: the science of learning

3 hours

If we don’t understand how information is received, processed and stored, then we don’t understanding learning. Memorable Teaching guides you through the science of how memory works: how we remember and recall knowledge and skills, why we forget and what we can do to help to make learning more effective and forgetting less likely.

Drawing on research in cognitive science and educational psychology, Memorable Teaching will guide you through the important concepts that every teacher should know, and the practical implications for teaching:

  • how information is stored in, and retrieved from, long-term memory, why working memory limitations make it difficult for some children to learn, and what we can do to make learning easier
  • how building crystallised rather than fluid intelligence can cheat the limitations of working memory
  • why teaching generic skills such as critical thinking are less likely to improve learning and where instead we should invest our time
  • how an understanding of cognitive load theory is central to effective learning, what increases cognitive load and impedes learning, how cognitive load can be reduce to improve learning
  • why learning that comes too easily might not stick, and why desirable difficulties such as variation, interleaving, spacing and, yes, testing might actually improve learning

“Any instructional design that flouts or merely ignores working memory limitations is inevitably deficient” (Prof. John Sweller) so developing Memorable Teaching, teaching that works with what we know about how learning happens, is vital if we want to improve children’s learning.

 


the questioning classroom

2 hours

Questioning is undoubtedly one of the most important tools in any teacher’s toolkit. Ask better questions and ask questions better with the simple yet effective techniques in Questioning Classroom to develop children’s thinking, check their understanding and uncover misconceptions.

You will learn how to foster pupil engagement by successfully integrating no-hands up questioning into your repertoire (no lolly sticks required). You will understand how to fine tune questions, and make them more effective by understanding why name placement matters. And you will discover why unpacking larger questions into a sequence of smaller ones, and  why withholding the answer can improve engagement.

Often children demonstrate partial understanding when responding to questions, so learn how to stretch children’s responses through, guiding them to complete answers that demonstrate secure understanding. And discover techniques for stretching thinking through questioning to encourage explanation of their thinking,  justification of their ideas, integration with prior learning and  transfer to new learning. And learn what the surprising reward should be for answering questions correctly.

There are always situations where children do not respond to questions (usually because they lack confidence, or simply do not know the answer). Learn which supporting questions guide children towards understanding (and which don’t), and add the important ‘circling back’ technique to your repertoire so that all children give high quality answers to questions.

And learn why responding to questions through writing might support discussion, and how to build an effective sequence that integrates questioning, discussion and written response.