Our expectations include:
- Clear noise levels at which students need to work for each task (these are displayed on PowerPoint slides or on boards)
- Learning (or engagement) activities that need to be started as soon as students enter the room
- Mini whiteboards to allow for immediate whole class assessment of learning
- Our ‘no hands up’ approach to whole class discussion which ensures that every student is listening and contributing.
With all things in life however, the importance is with the impact that we are having and I have been delighted to both see this so evident in classrooms and hear about it from students. A young man in Year 9 told me, “the clear noise levels have meant that I have to think much harder now” while a girl in Year 7 has told me “I like no hands up, but it does mean that I really have to listen hard to everything in case I am picked by the teacher!”.
Our big focus for this year in our teaching is going to be ensuring that all students are challenged and that all students are having to think hard in lessons.
As ever the challenge to our students is simple, be the best you can be…