Strategies for Reshaping Practice: The habits of the classroom #26

Model a new emphasis

Teachers can model what they teach, the ultimate example of personalising teaching. They can model excitement and wonder in science, for example, over the wonders of magnetism. They can model respect and ways of treating students and other staff. They can model puzzlement and confusion before a text so learners feel free to express their own confusion. Teachers can model being challenged by what they teach.

  • Teachers can examine their body language and make sure they communicate respect by what they do as well as what they say. They can model serving others by joining in with cooking for the elderly.
  • Teachers can model accepting encouragement around the time of tests, sending a card to a fellow teacher. They can model cooperation by working together in a religious education lesson. They can model affirmation in a grammar lesson on complex sentences.
These examples show a few of the ways in which teachers can personalise teaching through modelling so that students can see that what is taught is practised.