Tag Archives: explanation

Powerpoint – to use or not to use?

The educational twittershpere can be a very strange place.  Over the weekend there was a flurry of discussion about powerpoint – whether it was useful or not for teachers.  Who would have thought that powerpoint could bring about such a passionate response…especially on the first … Continue reading

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Spinning a pedagogical yarn: the role of storytelling in the classroom

  The 15 minute forum tonigh was led by Andy Tharby. Andy started by sharing 3 principles for good teacher explanation: New knowledge should be linked to existing knowledge Ideas should be introduced in clear steps Abstract ideas are made simple and concrete in … Continue reading

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Straddling in Science

As a science teacher, it’s not always easy to put into practice what we know is important in terms of effective learning.  We know the importance of repetition and regular practice, but with a content heavy subject and limited curriculum … Continue reading

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Getting Great

Teaching is a creative profession, and at DHS we want our teachers to be innovative and excited about what they do – not stifled by an overly prescriptive approach to teaching.  We want teachers to takes risks and try new … Continue reading

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Excellence Visits

Over the last few weeks members of the SLT visited the lessons of some of our most successful departments.  We decided to take a rather different approach to how we usually do things like this.  Rather than the usual ‘Department … Continue reading

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Explain please….

Last week, some members of the Leadership Team ‘walked through’ our core subjects, English, maths and science.  These three departments all get very good outcomes, so the purpose of these ‘learning visits’ was very simple – to look for and … Continue reading

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Making explanations stick

Last weekend a twitter conversation resulted in our teaching ‘Big 4’ evolving into 5 – Challenge, explanation, modelling, questioning & feedback.  More can be read on this here. If I’m honest, I haven’t really given a huge amount of thought … Continue reading

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