06.12.17

S4 & S8: English Lesson

A lesson based on reflected planning, english lesson on subordinating clause

Moving on from last week’s feedback on planning I looked at the format and the content in my planning, this took the form of better learning objectives and key questions. From this we looked at the content of the lesson i.e. the worksheets and materials for the lesson (TS4-Reflects systematically on the effectiveness of lessons and approaches to teaching). Using this new planning technique I feel I was better able to plan a well structured lesson. This meant that the lesson flowed more and that others adults in the room could take their small groups for the lesson confidently. It also mean that the flipchart was a better tool for talking through my lesson with, it was planned out and used the same language as the worksheets. (TS4-Imparts knowledge and develops understanding through effective use of lesson time).

The lesson went well, the class was on topic and working in their small groups, and their talking through and reasoning answers worked especially with the lower ability they could see the different answers that were given and then were able to say why they were different. This questioning was planned in and this conversation was important to the learning of the lesson (TS4-Reflects systematically on the effectiveness of lessons and approaches to teaching). Having the worksheets have different possible answers meant that they were more inclined to try different answers and no one was ever wrong they just had to tell me and their talk partner why they had done this. (TS4-Much of the time promotes a love of learning and children’s intellectual curiosity). From the feedback we looked more to the deployment of the support staff in the room and what they could be doing. It is important for this lesson that relied on different groups working together with the same ability, having the TA with the groups meant that they can look more to guide the conversation and draw answers from the pupils that are on the right track. It was a better lesson as the room flowed there was never a point where there was someone not doing anything in the lesson and this is because the TAs helped, encouraged and inspired the learning (TS8-Deploys support staff effectively). The whole lesson has made me feel more confident about teaching as it showed with the proper planning and prep that I can lead a well run lesson. I think this is completely down to the feedback I received and taking all those points on in my lesson.  Also being prepared, and how you get the time you put in back by the understanding and comprehension of the lesson by the children. (TS4-Reflects systematically on the effectiveness of lessons and approaches to teaching).

This week has had a huge impact on my teaching as I implemented the feedback that I had received last week, this was through the planning and preparation for the lesson. I was more confident having a clear plan of the lesson and this meant that most parts of my teaching then improved along with the planning. (TS4-Reflects systematically on the effectiveness of lessons and approaches to teaching). It was easier for this lesson to also sound more positive about the lesson and be more expressive with my teaching although this is something that I will again look to push more in coming weeks to ensure that it is a reinforced skill that I have learnt (TS4-Much of the time promotes a love of learning and children’s intellectual curiosity). Again the lesson was better with support staff both understood the role and responsibility in the lesson they worked together and had a clear understanding of the teaching material, this is again something to keep for future lessons the contact between the TA and myself. (TS8-Deploys support staff effectively). I spent much longer on the planning of the lesson and while it was time consuming it may just be part of the regime in order to produce a quality lesson each time (TS4-Reflects systematically on the effectiveness of lessons and approaches to teaching).

Focused next steps:

  • Maintain high standard sets.  
  • Deployment of support staff.
  • Further development of resources.