The pupils in my classes need me to be rested and calm and collected so that they get the best from me. Therefore, I need to ensure that I sleep well, read for pleasure, exercise and manage my workload.
This has always been the weakest area of my practice and I will be making a concerted effort to improve this. I will be taking the following steps:
Higher initial expectations of behaviour in the classroom
A calm and consistent response to disruptive behaviour
Use of SIMS to record sanctions
The biggest challenges for me will be to instil higher expectations in my middle ability Year Eleven class and to ensure that I stick to the above routines with them and with my incoming middle ability Year Ten Class.
Marking and Feedback
I am determined that my marking has as much impact as possible. I do not want pupils just to glance at their book simply to check it has been marked. I will therefore ensure that I am consistent with the following:
Pupils instructed to leave significant space for feedback underneath their work
legible, specific, differentiated marking – so that pupils can read and understand both WWW and EBI.
Directed Improvement and Reflection Time – I didn’t carry this through last year and I think it is crucial – this can be done with purple pen
Peer Assessment – This will be modelled multiple times and will firstly involve highlighting the best line/paragraph in a piece of work and the line/paragraph that needs most improvement, progressing to pupils using specific success criteria in the same way that I would.
With every lesson I need to ask:
What do I want the class to have learned by the end of this lesson?
(learning objectives/outcomes/learning arrow/all/most/some)
How can I connect the lesson to previous learning? (starter/key words)
How will I check their understanding? (mini plenary/plenary)
What are the needs of specific learners in the class and how can I meet them?
(PP/SEN/G&T/what I have learned about them)