FREE maths resources to help prepare for SATs

This blogpost is to share the great free maths resources that I use to help children prepare for the SATs that you may not be aware of. Maths4everyone – TES – search ‘maths4everyone TES’ on Google or access here – PDF booklets split into each maths topic and by content domain (which appears atContinue reading “FREE maths resources to help prepare for SATs”

Planning lessons backwards

Wiggins and McTighe propose that lesson and curricular planning should follow a ‘backwards’ methodology. In doing so, they predict we will have “results in more clearly defined and wisely blended short-term and long-term goals, more appropriate assessments, and more purposeful teaching than typical planning”. They describe their framework as ‘backwards’ because it opposes “conventional habits”,Continue reading “Planning lessons backwards”

How can a teacher’s view of learning influence the tasks they design?

This is the third blog in this series. The first can be found here and the second here. The design of a task can require significant thought and devotion of time, as it must marry up multiple factors: the subject content that is learnt; the pedagogy of the teacher; the disciplinary practice of the subject;Continue reading “How can a teacher’s view of learning influence the tasks they design?”

What is the purpose of a learning task?

This is the second blog in this task design series. The first defined task design and discussed why it is an important part of practice – find it here.  From a functionalist perspective, the purpose of a task is the application of knowledge learnt. Following instruction from a more knowledgeable other, a learner undertakes aContinue reading “What is the purpose of a learning task?”

What is Task Design and why is it important?

This is the first blog in a series on Task Design. What is task design? Task Design may sound unfamiliar to you, but it is rather self-explanatory. While I have defined it in the past as the ‘thoughtful ideation of tasks that learners will engage with’ or ‘the process that refers to the principles andContinue reading “What is Task Design and why is it important?”

Is commenting on ‘pace’ useful observation feedback?

‘You need to improve upon the pace of your lessons.’ Feedback many of us will have received or delivered throughout our career. I heard it just today, in fact – in feedback to a trainee. Maybe, we notice it as observers because it is more readily apparent from the outside looking in? Such feedback isContinue reading “Is commenting on ‘pace’ useful observation feedback?”

How do we achieve instant feedback for all?

After writing my previous blog on the best method for checking understanding, I carried on thinking about how we can check for understanding effectively. We know we want to check all pupils during a lesson, but we realise that this can be a rather challenging task. At best, we get a cursory glance of everyone’sContinue reading “How do we achieve instant feedback for all?”

The #1 method for checking understanding

We know checking for understanding is an essential part of instruction and effective practice. Without it, we cannot accurately assess where pupils are now and where to go next. Understanding can falter easily when pupils have a lack of prior knowledge or fail to attend to the necessary information. While factors like these can beContinue reading “The #1 method for checking understanding”

Why ‘Early Reading’ is problematic

The phrase ‘early reading’ encompasses an awful lot. We perhaps think of the phrase as strictly referring to children in either reception, year one or year two. However, in my experience, this is where the problem lies. ‘Early reading’ does not refer solely to those who are the youngest; it refers to anyone who isContinue reading “Why ‘Early Reading’ is problematic”