Tactics, skills and strategies constitute what teachers “do” in the classroom. Concepts and organisers cannot be done, but by bearing them in mind and understanding their importance, teachers can do things to make them come alive. Let us consider the notion of concepts first. Concepts may be defined as “lenses” that enable teachers to understand how, when and where to apply and integrate skills, tactics and strategies. For instance when teachers frame questions effectively (skill) and use tactics such as “Think-pair share”, they are invoking such concepts as student accountability and safety. When teachers take time to relate the learning to students’ experiences (skill), they are helping to make the students’ learning more novel and authentic, as well as promoting student motivation.
with thanks to The ETBI Instructional Leadership Programme
Our strategy for Instructional Leadership in the month of November was the effective utilisation of placemats. Placemats allow all students to actively participate in class activities with the added security of sharing opinions with peers first rather than with the teacher in the first instance. We believe peer collaboration to be a vital element of both classroom based assessment and an excellent tool to facilitate learning.
In October our focus as a school was to promote using the "No hands up" method of questioning and utilising other randomisers as a means of asking students questions. Thus allowing all students the opportunity to have their voices heard and to keep them engaged at all times during the lesson.