Preparing for lessons can seem like a complex and daunting task, especially on a late Sunday evening when a new school week is looming. As a new teacher, you may also find yourself trying to fulfil a never-ending tick box list of things to include in your lessons - especially when being observed. This can actually act as a blocker for designing well focused and planned learning opportunities. But, by asking these 7 simple questions you can focus your attention on what really matters to help you refine and fine-tune your day to day teaching and lessons.
Your children arrive to lesson from a break or lunch hyped up, chattering away. It is important that when they enter your classroom they refocus their mind on learning. This can be quite a task and can be challenging. But by engaging children from the moment they enter the room, you can start your lesson, hook them in and focus their minds on the lesson. Here are five simple ways you can do this that can be used in a range of subjects and lessons.
Having an open mindset is the belief that this is simply not true. It is the belief that just like your muscles, you can train, refine and grow your brain and increase its capacity for information and skill acquisition. Growth mindset has been another buzzword floating around for the past 10 years in education, but what does it actually mean and how do you develop a growth mindset in your classroom? It sounds complicated but actually, you can grow children's mindset organically and subtly, by making a few small tweaks to your day to day teaching.
Reluctant writers can be a challenge in class and are grouped together as children who don't want to write. However, there are many reasons why students may be reluctant to write. Just like there are many reasons why adults are reluctant to accept new technologies or change their diets or habits. Before you can tackle the reluctancy, you have to know the reasons behind that are preventing a child from fully engaging. There are four main stand out types of reluctant writers and each of them have their reasons for not wanting to write. Once you find out these, you are in a position not just to tackle these head on, but inspire them along the way!
Incase you missed it, we shared 25 top teaching tips for advent via our Social Media accounts. For your ease we have listed all of them below in one festive blog for you to refer back to any time you like. You are more than welcome! As always, please do get in touch with any pictures, videos or comments on how you used these tips in your classroom. We love hearing from you! We hope you had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Do you find yourself struggling to think of short activities for those loose times in the day? How can this time be more productive and can we use it to harness children's enthusiasm and direct it towards their learning?
Here are some tried and tested 'loose time' activities used over the years. Here are just a few of my favourites ready for you to try.
2020 is nearly upon us and it is time to look back on, what has been, another successful year for WAGOLL Teaching! You have engaged so positively with all of our content but some of our vlogs were obviously some of your favourites. Our vlogs focused on short simple ideas you can use the enhance your teaching, classroom management and general day to day running of your classroom. We thought we would take a look back at our top five most popular vlogs of 2019! Which one helped you the most?
Both in the UK and across the globe, schools had adopted the CAT4 test which measures student's four main types of ability known to make a difference to learning and achievement. CAT4 provides an independent perspective on potential pupil achievement that can be used to identify and reveal a child's true hidden potential. But once you have done the assessment what do you do next? What do all the numbers mean and how can we analyse them at a deeper level to really gain a better understanding of our children? Moreover, how do we know if we need to do things differently in the classroom?
Think about the following statements: You can learn new things but you can't really change your overall intelligence. Your intelligence is just like your foot size or eye colour, you can't really change it too much. If you tend to agree with these, then you probably lean towards having a closed mindset. A belief that your intelligence is determined by genetics and you are born with a certain capacity of information. Having an open mindset, on the other hand, is the belief that this is simply not true. It is the belief that just like your muscles, you can train, refine and grow your brain and increase its capacity for information and skill acquisition.
Growth mindset has been another buzzword floating around for the past 10 years in education, but what does it actually mean and how do you develop a growth mindset in your classroom? It sounds complicated but actually you can grow children's mindset organically and subtly, by making a few small tweaks.
Learning to think critically and reason may be one of the most important skills that today's children will need for the future. Ellen Galinsky, author of Mind in the Making, includes critical thinking on her list of the seven essential life skills needed by every child. In today’s global and rapidly changing world, children need to be able to do much more than repeat a list of facts; they need to be critical thinkers who can make sense of information, analyse, compare, contrast, make inferences, and generate higher order thinking skills. To get you started, here are six simple ways to get your children reasoning!
WAGOLL Teaching is all about sharing great, simple teaching ideas with a global teaching community. As a teaching group, we need to stick together, support each other and develop positive approaches to classroom innovation. Development is all about trying something new, taking risks and sharing great ideas! you may even have some fun along the way!