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A classroom climate of risk-taking, pupils (and staff) working out of their comfort zone encourages learners to be creative and ambitious thinkers.

As Dylan Wiliam asked, what does raise the quality of teaching? He suggests that teachers need to reach the level of expertise, through deliberate practice, of which they are capable.

So this unit encourages participants to develop and sustain effective practice, not as a one-off, flash-in-the-pan-for-Ofsted approach, but as effective classroom habits that raise the bar for all learners.

Aims and outcomes

Participants will:

  • share the outcomes of their classroom experiments after Unit 2
  • understand more about encouraging a classroom culture where risk-taking leads to effectivelearning and teaching
  • be able to reflect on the ratio of adult/pupil talk and questioning in lessons.

Unit contents

  • Warm up activity
  • Warm up activity – part 2
  • Reflecting on impact
  • Learning detectives!
  • Metacognition
  • Personal reflections
  • Where now? What next?
  • Round up activity

Unit content

Unit 3: How? Effective questioning 2