Yesterday two colleagues and I attended a training course at another school quite a distance away. The course itself wasn’t particularly good or useful, but it did leave us with a few ideas to ponder and try as well as a few recommendations of books to read on educational research.
One of the ideas that we left with came from a throw away comment by one of the people leading the course. He said: “children want to do things. Leave some work out on the corridor and they will pick it up and do it. Try it.”
So we did. We were all free before lunch so we selected a number of maths puzzles we would normally use as lesson starters, placed them on all the tables in the canteen, took up a spot on the balcony and watched. The results were quote astonishing.
Firstly the year 8’s arrived. Many…
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