Lessons that misfire. Good intentions + bad theory = poor results.


I am in the privileged position of having been able to observe a lot of lessons taught across a range of subjects in different contexts.  I’ve also taught thousands of lessons myself  – and I know how it feels for things to work well and not so well.  Where lessons could be improved there are usually some common reasons – as I explore in this post about feedback to teachers.    One thing that strikes me is that teachers –  who could well be excellent in general –  can sometimes make inappropriate choices about the activities they deploy in relation to the curriculum; where the learning intentions are not supported by the tasks.   This can be because they’re trying something out and it doesn’t work or they simply need more practice to make it work; that’s a natural part of being prepared to take some risks.  However, it…

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