Strategies for Reshaping Practice: The habits of the classroom

'Reshaping practice' puts the focus on what teachers do, in order to reflect their new way of seeing by their teaching. It is changing the habits and practice of teaching to work with a new perspective. There are many ways of reshaping practice: changing the layout of the classroom, altering an approach, attending to the atmosphere and ethos of a lesson, changing an emphasis, selecting different resources, adjusting student interaction, encouraging questions and making connections. For any given lesson teachers need to examine their teaching 'habits' and reshape their practice in ways that best suit their new way of seeing that lesson. Teachers can do this by…

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Encouraging thinking

Encouraging thinking can be done through raising big questions, choosing questions, uncovering assumptions, giving space for discussion and provoking thought by experiencing contrasts and clashes.

 
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Ask big questions / change your questioning

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Provide contrasts and set up dissonance (clashes)

 
 
 

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