Professor Dylan Wiliam is convinced his ideas can help children to learn better.
See the BBC documentary: 'The Classroom Experiment', part 1.
The BBC documentary: 'The Classroom Experiment', part 2.
Something we can all learn from: how to improve teaching techniques
- Stop students putting their hands up to ask questions – it's the same ones doing it all the time. Instead introduce a random method of choosing which pupil answers the question, such as lollipop sticks, and thus engage the whole class.
- Use traffic-light cups in order to assess quickly and easily how much your students understand your lesson. If several desks are displaying a red cup, gather all those students around to help them at the same time.
- Mini-whiteboards, on which the whole class simultaneously writes down the answer to a question, are a quick way of gauging whether the class as a whole is getting your lesson. This method also satisfies the high-achievers who would normally stick their hands up.
- A short burst of physical exercise at the start of the school day will do wonders for students' alertness and motivation. As any gym addict or jogger will tell you, it's all about the chemicals released into the brain.
- Ditch the obsession with grades, so that pupils can concentrate instead on the comments that the teacher has written on written classwork.
- Allow students to assess the teachers' teaching – they are the ones at the sharp end, after all. Letting pupils have a say is empowering and, if handled constructively, is highly enlightening.