1. Beyond Subject Knowledge (1/3)

...but is it on the test?

Beyond Subject Knowledge

Around a year ago I wrote a blog post entitled ‘Sticky Maths’ – the post was a summary of a department session in which colleagues shared their top tricks of the trade to make tough concepts stick. The session came about through my use of Ross McGill’s  5 Minute Lesson Plan while mentoring a new member of staff. It became clear that the ‘Stickability’ aspect of her planning was the one area that needed work: no matter how talented you are as a new teacher, it takes time to build up those successful techniques that more experienced teachers have developed over time. These techniques are often employed to pre-empt common misconceptions and to focus on those details that students tend to forget. Until you know the misconceptions and blind spots, it is very difficult to pre-empt them!


As teachers, our subject knowledge may be secure, but we need to come to our lessons armed with an…

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