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How can we improve our teaching, and students’ learning?

Improve formative assessment:

Hinge questionsclosing the gap markinglollipop stick questioningincreasing wait time, exit tickets

Improve professional development:

Leverage observations/instructional coachingpractice-based teacher educationgetting school-based professional development rightexamining why good professional development still failscareful design and facilitation

Use checklists:

They’re transformationalcut workload and reduce stress and help students attain excellence and autonomy (and they actually promote professionalism and creativity).

See for example, a checklist for a first lesson with a new class.

Improve policy:

Preserving teacher wellbeing, changing inspectionssmarter assessment, steering clear of British values

Improve history teaching:

Mastery learning, knowledge-focused unit planningcollecting and addressing misconceptions, designing better tripshelping students write better essays

Seek clarity:

Distinguishing between two competing definitions of learning, working out who’s responsible for student successprioritising (and saying ‘No’), preventing cheating and taking weekends off.

And…

Using social-psychological interventionslearning from psychology, recognising that teaching is akin to gamblingavoiding what Sweden has done and sharing the point of education with students.