Where do classroom tasks fail? Part one

This blog is part of a series on task design. The previous blogs can be found here. It seems obvious that to design tasks effectively, we need to know what can make tasks ineffective. By knowing these pitfalls, we can circumvent them and consequently design more effective tasks. I defined Constructivism in a previous blog,Continue reading “Where do classroom tasks fail? Part one”

Designing Tasks to Support Long-Term Memory

This is blog 6 in a series on Task Design. The other blogs can be found here – Task Design Series. “Learning is defined as an alteration in long-term memory. If nothing has altered in long-term memory, nothing has been learned.” – Sweller (2011) This definition of learning as a change in long-term memory (LTM)Continue reading “Designing Tasks to Support Long-Term Memory”

Leading Teacher Development

Teacher development, and the leadership of it, is a hot topic at the moment. It is therefore worth pausing to ask ourselves, ‘what is teacher development’? And ‘how should we lead it’? Teacher Development The NPQ Framework for Leading Teacher Development states that teacher development, “is likely to involve a lasting change in teachers’ capabilitiesContinue reading “Leading Teacher Development”

One-Page Report Formats

Reports are something we often overcomplicate. With the desire of personalising each and every one, we inadvertently add to teacher workload. My argument is that parents are already well aware of how their child has progressed this year because of parents’ evenings, mini reports, informal conversations and however else a school chooses to communicate regularlyContinue reading “One-Page Report Formats”

FREE maths resources to help prepare for SATs

This blogpost is to share the great free maths resources that I use to help children prepare for the SATs that you may not be aware of. Maths4everyone – TES – search ‘maths4everyone TES’ on Google or access here – https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/Maths4Everyone/Mathematics PDF booklets split into each maths topic and by content domain (which appears atContinue reading “FREE maths resources to help prepare for SATs”

Planning lessons backwards

Wiggins and McTighe propose that lesson and curricular planning should follow a ‘backwards’ methodology. In doing so, they predict we will have “results in more clearly defined and wisely blended short-term and long-term goals, more appropriate assessments, and more purposeful teaching than typical planning”. They describe their framework as ‘backwards’ because it opposes “conventional habits”,Continue reading “Planning lessons backwards”

How can a teacher’s view of learning influence the tasks they design?

This is the third blog in this series. The first can be found here and the second here. The design of a task can require significant thought and devotion of time, as it must marry up multiple factors: the subject content that is learnt; the pedagogy of the teacher; the disciplinary practice of the subject;Continue reading “How can a teacher’s view of learning influence the tasks they design?”

What is the purpose of a learning task?

This is the second blog in this task design series. The first defined task design and discussed why it is an important part of practice – find it here.  From a functionalist perspective, the purpose of a task is the application of knowledge learnt. Following instruction from a more knowledgeable other, a learner undertakes aContinue reading “What is the purpose of a learning task?”