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Peer collaboration

Evidence suggests peer collaboration really motivates pupils, especially when learning remotely. Brindley, Laschke and Walti 2009 state that: “There is a significant relationship between participation in small group collaboration experiences and deeper learning. Peer collaboration aids the development of learning and teamwork skills. It can increase a sense of community, closely linked to learner satisfaction and …

Feedforward strategies

In order for pupils to make progress, feedback should be more work for the recipient than the donor. (Dylan Wiliam) If feedback is to move pupils forward it can be helpful to reframe it as an instruction to do something: Redraft or redo: By editing and improving one piece of work until it is excellent, …

Live Feedback: Modelling

Provide live feedback to pupils can be hugely beneficial, whether this is done remotely or in the classroom via modelling. Evidence suggests pupils who know what success looks like have a goal. Goals can increase motivation and belief. (Locke and Latham, 2002) Furthermore cognitive science states that providing worked examples – models broken into steps …

Class critique

A version of collective feedback where a small group of pupils collectively critique their work via small group dialogue. They offer one another suggestions or advice about how to improve. This may need to first be modelled by the teacher before moving to ‘gallery’ sessions. Click here for guidance how to implement this technique. Class …

Remote learning: How to engage pupils in ‘live’ interactions

Pupils can find the experience of remote learning quite daunting especially when ‘interacting’ with peers online or having to participate during live lessons. The research suggests peer interaction is important to motivate, but we also know how important it is as a teacher to direct and engage pupils when teaching. Below you can find some …

Remote ‘teaching’: planning for and the evidence supporting it

In preparing for future remote learning it is important to draw from the evidence and our experiences so far. Below you will find various guides and strategies in order to plan most effectively for remote teaching to maximise engagement and learning. 1) The EEF published guidance in relation to effective remote learning. The full report …

Virtual discussion with staff/pupils (padlet)

A fantastic way to get either pupils or staff to ‘respond’ and’discuss’ elements during live learning is by placing a QR code in your lesson to a padlet page in order to enable all participants to share ideas. In addition all members of the ‘class’ can see one anothers’ comments and use their ideas in …

Remote learning: feedback ideas

It can be challenging to think of ways to provide effective feedback that is personalised, time efficient and seamless. Here are some ideas that staff have been sharing regarding how to provide effective feedback remotely: 1) Feedback shortcuts on an Ipad: It is possible to create your own personalised feedback comments as shortcuts on an …