How to get the best from your TA | classteaching

Tonight’s 15 Minute Forum was led by our SENCO, Carole Marsh
The Issue

In response to recent research into the role and work of teaching assistants by Rob Webster and others we have been changing the way TAs:
support SEND students in class
Work with teachers in class

Students with SEND who experience high amounts of teaching assistant (TA) support are at risk of developing learned helplessness.
none of this is a reflection on TAs
it is a recognition of how a core part of SEND provision has evolved, largely unchallenged.
What the research points to

The traditional deployment of TAs…

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How to get the best from your TA | classteaching

Tonight’s 15 Minute Forum was led by our SENCO, Carole Marsh
The Issue

In response to recent research into the role and work of teaching assistants by Rob Webster and others we have been changing the way TAs:
support SEND students in class
Work with teachers in class

Students with SEND who experience high amounts of teaching assistant (TA) support are at risk of developing learned helplessness.
none of this is a reflection on TAs
it is a recognition of how a core part of SEND provision has evolved, largely unchallenged.
What the research points to

The traditional deployment of TAs…

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Now that’s what I call CPD | classteaching

Today was the first day back after the spring break and we had one of our fortnightly ‘Subject Planning & Development Sessions’.  I have blogged about these before here.  The purpose of them is simple – for subject teams to work and plan collaboratively to address this simple question – what are we teaching over the next fortnight and how can we do it really well?

I was in one of these sessions tonight, led by our Director of Science, Steph Temple. It was fantastic and exemplified everything that effective CPD should be about – in my opinion.  The science team are just about to teach…

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Now that’s what I call CPD | classteaching

Today was the first day back after the spring break and we had one of our fortnightly ‘Subject Planning & Development Sessions’.  I have blogged about these before here.  The purpose of them is simple – for subject teams to work and plan collaboratively to address this simple question – what are we teaching over the next fortnight and how can we do it really well?

I was in one of these sessions tonight, led by our Director of Science, Steph Temple. It was fantastic and exemplified everything that effective CPD should be about – in my opinion.  The science team are just about to teach…

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Powerpoint – to use or not to use? | classteaching

The educational twittershpere can be a very strange place.  Over the weekend there was a flurry of discussion about powerpoint – whether it was useful or not for teachers.  Who would have thought that powerpoint could bring about such a passionate response…especially on the first sun-filled weekend of the spring?  Interestingly though, it’s a discussion I’ve had at school on a number of occasions.  It certainly stirs people up!  Personally, I don’t think it’s as straightforward as whether we should use it or not.  I’ve seen powerpoint used really badly and I’ve also seen it used really…

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Powerpoint – to use or not to use? | classteaching

The educational twittershpere can be a very strange place.  Over the weekend there was a flurry of discussion about powerpoint – whether it was useful or not for teachers.  Who would have thought that powerpoint could bring about such a passionate response…especially on the first sun-filled weekend of the spring?  Interestingly though, it’s a discussion I’ve had at school on a number of occasions.  It certainly stirs people up!  Personally, I don’t think it’s as straightforward as whether we should use it or not.  I’ve seen powerpoint used really badly and I’ve also seen it used really…

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Is it really a low stakes quiz? | classteaching

Tonight’s 15 Minute Forum was led by English teacher, Tod Brennan and focussed on the concept of low stakes quizzes. There were two aspects of Tod’s presentation; the value of low stakes quizzes for memory recall but also the importance of managing the stress levels of our students.
Memory can be defined as ‘learning that has persisted over time – information that has been stored and can be recalled’. In order to remember a fact, our brains have to process information or encode it from the point at which that information was learnt, into our short-term (working) memories and then into our…

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