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…

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Planning the lesson and student interaction

Thinking about planning may mean changing the introduction or ending of the class, planning in silence, choosing what to include or exclude, pace (e.g., slow contemplation) and assessment. Teachers can plan student interaction to match the new emphasis (pairs, groups, role-play, games, collaboration, etc.).

 
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Change your planning: timing, sequence and lesson structure

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Check what you give significance to, test and reward

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Plan time and space for reflection

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Change the student interaction

 
 
 
 

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