Teaching and effective classroom practice

Effective classroom practice is very important to deliver successful lessons. It is very important that you make the time to investigate your school’s polices and processes. Also it is highly advised to observe your fellow practitioners in the school to learn from good practice.

Having had the opportunity to observe and feedback on hundreds of lessons I have found  that there are number of factors that effect good classroom practice;

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  • Have good preparation and planning for each lesson. This includes marking homework and have resources readily available and in working order.
  • Developing personal relationship with class and have good behavioural management.
  • Good lesson structure with objectives and aims clearly defined, i.e. starter main and plenary.
  • Appropriate questions should be given, with clear instructions and explanations delivered throughout lessons.
  • Exercises and activities should be varied and relevant to the subject area.
  • Be dynamic and vigilant in the classroom environment. Prepare for pupils with all abilities and ensure that you are ready for problems arising.
  • Time and effort should be placed on making sure that lessons deal with appropriate topics and activities
  • Lessons should have pace and emphasis should be made on maintenance of momentum.
  • Conclude lessons with good evaluation tasks so that lessons can be measured in terms of successful learning.
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There is no one solution to this and success will depend on school, class, pupil, environment, your mood and a whole host of factors!

It is important that you analyse your school’s behaviour management policy but the following discipline policy sanctions can be highlighted;

  •  Give extra work to be completed after school or at home.
  •  Verbal chastisement after lesson or after school.
  •  Form Tutor’s detention with 24 hours notice.
  • Subject Teacher’s detention/with 24 hours notice.
  • Departmental detention with 24 hours notice.
  • Faculty detention with 24 hours notice.
  • School detention. This can only be issued by the Senior House Tutor/Head of Faculty or by a senior member of staff and must have 24 hours notice.
  • Head Master’s detention. This can only be issued only by the Head Master or a senior member of staff with 24 hours notice.
  • Use of individual daily report sheets issued by Senior House Tutor. This is then overseen by Form Tutor or Senior House Tutor.
  • Use of class report sheets which is issued by Senior House Tutor.
  • Exclusion from a lesson.
  • Fixed term exclusion. In the case of exclusions exceeding 2 days, work should be set.
  • Chairman of Governors’ warning.
  • Permanent exclusion, involving the Governing Body and the School Attendance Panel

Feel free to add your own points in the comments section.

Assessment for learning: a powerful way to improve learning and raise standards.

Assessment for learning involves using assessment in the classroom to raise pupils’ achievement. It is based on the idea that pupils will improve most if they understand the aim of their learning, where they are in relation to this aim and how they can achieve the aim (or close the gap in their knowledge).