Strategies for Reshaping Practice: The habits of the classroom #11

Focus, identify, highlight, be intentional

As teachers we can focus on the key emphasis by highlighting key words visually and verbally. We can also use objects to focus attention, for example, using chocolate in a history lesson about reformers such as the Cadburys, Frys and Rowntrees. Focusing can involve identifying what is important, for example, a character's choices in a text and their degree of responsibility. It could include being intentional about teaching self-control in sport.

  • Teachers can highlight the creativity in a poem such as the ‘Ducks ditty’ and its connection to faith by the way they present it. They can be intentional about explicitly addressing fears about changing in PE.
  • Teachers can use a photograph frame to display learners' work in order to be intentional about giving encouragement. They can use objects such as bananas in maths to focus on injustice.
These examples show how sometimes all that is needed is being intentional or highlighting what is already in our teaching rather than making big changes.
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