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Top Tips for Teaching & Post Ofsted Reflection

In January myself and @trueenglish365 developed this list as top tips for teaching and learning. Here is my reflection of this list post Ofsted.

Clear objective with progress based success criteria accessible for all

Ensure l/o’s are not activities or amounts of work to be completed. No set format for l/o’s was discussed.

Learning activities focused to promote engagement and differentiated to ensure progress for all

Intervention within lesson is key. Differentiation must ensure progress in learning, not increased quantity work.

Teacher talk tightly managed. Student activity and learning time maximised. Think a 70:30 split.

This needs rehearsal in order to build confidence.

Variety of questioning strategies. Consider no hands up, lollipop sticks, randomisers, target based questioning and rehearsal time with peers when students are developing answers.

Don’t get caught up in setting up a fancy PowerPoint as a randomiser. This wastes your time and offers little value in a lesson. Spend more time thinking about the question, look at blooms, a question matrix, Socratic questioning or thinking hats.

There are always high expectations of learning, behaviour and achievement.

This is usually judged from the kids themselves begin asked.

Opportunities to develop literacy and numeracy are fully exploited and resources by teachers and utilised by learners.

It takes nothing in a subject such as music to put some words up when listening to a piece of music. Some in red, some in orange, some in green and some in purple. For example nice, lovely, beautiful, exquisite

Writing frames. A dead word grave yard for alternatives. Dictionaries.

Feedback is frequent, focused and easy to understand. Learners are in the habit of responding to feedback and can communicate how assessment works in the lesson.

This is essential for the over time judgement. Not only for lessons but also for the teaching and learning judgement, these routines must be practiced and can be the first thing to slide!

Pace is intentionally geared to accelerate progress and consolidate learning. This is not too slow so they drift off task.

Lessons judged as boring are usually down to a lack of pace, not a lack of ideas of activities.

Engagement is sustained throughout the lesson by creative teaching strategies and prompt intervention for behaviour or misconceptions.

Prompt intervention to pick up misconceptions is a canny skill that most teachers have. I struggling thinking about your location in the room and how you can use it to help you see more. If you find it hard to move utilise something like PRAG cards. Pupils pull out the amber card if they think they’re going wrong. Then other kids see if they can help. If they can’t they flash red and you go over.

Routines are habitual, rehearsed and clear to see with limited prompting.

This is absolutely key to forming a positive impression around a judgement. Can your pupils start a lesson without you in the room? Take time to rehearse routines. All my classes practice a new routine. We add in humour to make it more fun. Use techniques like fast forwarding or slow mo. worth the fifteen minutes each time you introduce a new routine.

Assessment for learning is about measuring progress to inform interventions within lessons. It is a measure that then requires an action.

Feedback from a number of colleagues showed that afl was seen as a measure of progress and removing pupils from activities where they made progress in order to measure it was dimly viewed. Take time quickly after a task is set to get a quick view of how pupils are feeling then target specific groups/areas of the room to help you follow up afl with intervention and support.

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  1. June 9, 2013 at 6:44 pm

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