In September 2011, we started teaching 150 teenagers.
This blog is based on what we wish we’d known.
In short, if we’d have known how to…
- Manage behaviour with one visual rule & visible consequences
- Plan lessons using a visual template
- Resource lessons through ever-expanding online sources
- Use questions to unlock learning
- Mark books with icons as targets
- Set homework in automated routines
- Motivate students with a big class goal
- Start each lesson with a ‘do now’
- End each lesson with an ‘exit ticket’
… we’d have saved ourselves so much time, stress and wasted effort!
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- Tried-and-tested answers to questions we often have in Teach First schools
Joe Kirby & Kris Boulton