Pedagogy Postcard #19: Pitching It Up


A series of short posts about specific elements of teaching practice that I think are effective and make life interesting. Some are based on my own lessons and others are borrowed from lessons I’ve observed.


I’ve written elsewhere about the Anatomy of High Expectations and the idea of acceleration through depth not speed. Teaching to the Top is a core concept in my thinking about teaching. Here are some further thoughts for the Pedagogy Postcard series:

It’s fascinating to consider the dynamics underlying the way teacher expectations have an impact on student outcomes. John Hattie’s research suggests that significant gains in student outcomes can be seen in terms of effect size when teacher expectations are raised in a deliberate manner. It’s one of the biggest effects he reports. If you think your students are capable of reaching a certain higher standard, they are more likely to than if you don’t…

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