Markham T&L Blog

July 12, 2019

Article: The Components of Direct Instruction

Author: Cathy L. Watkins, Timothy A. Slocum

Reading Time: 2 hours

The purpose of this article is to summarise the ideas behind Direct Instruction (DI), dispel some of the myths around it, and give an overview of the research base.

“The purpose of Direct Inst...

March 8, 2019

One of the Principles of Great Teaching that I have chosen to focus on this year is Checking for Understanding. This is something that I have not always used as effectively as I could have, and in particular, I have relied on a few students answering questions to imply the whole class has "got" an i...

March 14, 2018

In this post I am going to share some of the ideas I use in my day to day lessons. These aren't lessons that I have prepared specifically for an observation, or those one-off lessons designed to engage/challenge students beyond the curriculum. These are the bread and butter of my teaching. The thing...

November 15, 2017

Silver Arrows?

It’s very hard to change your practice.  We’re all so busy, very often it is difficult to create space to fully explore a set of ideas and to deliberately adapt our teaching routines to absorb something new.  At the same time, we’re often bombarded with initiatives and issues to addres...

October 30, 2017

I would say that this is often one of the weakest areas of practice in teaching in relation to how important it is: checking that students know and understand what we think we have taught them.

If I tell you something or explain something to you I want to be sure that you’ve understood it now and are...

October 30, 2017

The memory of a chess master is both astonishing and limited.  Masters can take in and remember game situations at a glance; novices remember the positions of just a handful of pieces.  Yet masters’ memories are no better than those of novices when chess pieces are placed at random.  Simon and Chase...

October 18, 2017

Had the opportunity to talk teaching with an amazing group of math, science and technology teachers from my own region in the New York State Master Teacher Program on Saturday.  This post is specifically a follow-up to share two more examples of Cold Call, one of the techniques we discussed during t...

October 12, 2017

I recently came across a couple of excellent templates for some brilliant activities to help get students thinking more deeply about the content they have been learning. You can access a file with all the activities here. All are provided in a single page format and also in a two per page format. No...

September 21, 2017

As I was looking ahead to starting a new job as Headteacher, I was thinking about all the conversations we were going to have about learning.  To a large degree I wanted my teachers to be as up-to-date as possible within their own subject domains. They should know the latest OfSTED position ( eg wit...

September 11, 2017

Article: Principles of Instruction: Research-Based Strategies That All Teachers Should Know

Author: Barak Rosenshine

 Image credit: Oliver Caviglioli (@olivercaviglioli)

"The most effective teachers ensured that students efficiently acquired, rehearsed, and connected knowledge. Many went on to hands-on...

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