Tag Archives: explanation

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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The Evolution of ‘The Big 4’

Over the past year or so, I’ve been very keen on the idea of developing a ‘tight but loose’ approach to teaching across my school.  By that I mean highlighting a few key pedagogical principles that are key to great … Continue reading

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See it – Learn it

The 15 minute forum tonight was led by Chris Woodcock (@c_woddcock100).  As well as being a Deputy Headteacher, Chris is also teaches geography.  Over the last couple of years, he has been trying to develop strategies to support and challenge … Continue reading

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