Be…assertive! Be, be assertive!

You can read about week 1 (managing your own behaviour) here and week 2 (rules and routines) here and week 3 (making praise personal) here. What kind of teacher are you? Hostile, passive or assertive? Find an assertive voice in the classroom- assertive is much more than an aggressive voice. Passive is equally as ineffective as you're... Continue Reading →

Praise: make it personal

This week's learning challenged me to think about how I show my appreciation to students. I am aware of how I demonstrate it to colleagues but have I been as aware of exactly why and how this is shown to my students over the years? I'm not so sure... You can read about week 1... Continue Reading →

‘A great lesson starts at the door’

Week 2 of 'Managing Behaviour for Learning' from Future Learn is focused on the importance of routines, boundaries and expectations. All teachers have them but do not always communicate them effectively to students (read about week 1 of my learning here). The first few minutes of a lesson are crucial.   A great lesson starts... Continue Reading →

AfL in STEM Teaching MOOC Weeks 5 and 6

It's in these final two weeks of the MOOC that I've felt most out of my depth with the learning: not currently being in the classroom nor being a science teacher. Nevertheless, I've include some notes on my learning during the final two weeks below: Some Reflection on a Teaching Example The teacher indicates to the... Continue Reading →

AfL in STEM Teaching MOOC Week 4

This week of the Assessment for Learning in STEM Teaching MOOC served as a really useful midpoint where videos of the course facilitators were used to answer participants' questions about the learning on the MOOC so far. Intentional Dialogue- Questions primarily designed to cause thinking for students Hinge-Point Questions- Questions to help us decide where... Continue Reading →

AfL in STEM Teaching MOOC Week 3

After the #ukfechat discussion with Dan Williams @FurtherEdagogy on being more evidence informed in relation to practice, I felt inspired to include more of this in my work with teachers in our AfL MOOC Groups at The Sheffield College. The Storify of this chat can be found by clicking here. Although the staff are participating... Continue Reading →

AfL in STEM Teaching MOOC- Week 2

Week 2 Intentional Dialogue This week was all about ways of promoting active discussion and thinking as well as carefully planning questions to lead to effective learning. I'm thinking more and more that this MOOC would be useful for any educator, not just those of a STEM persuasion! Carefully develop challenging questions based on misconceptions/areas... Continue Reading →

AfL in STEM Teaching MOOC- Week 1

After a tip-off from @sebschmoller, I was alerted to the start of this Future Learn MOOC lead by Dylan Wiliam and Christine Harrison. You can join this free online course by clicking here. Having not studied a MOOC since Blended Learning Essentials, I was ready for my next online learning experience but without a STEM... Continue Reading →

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