Teaching and Learning Friday briefings

15/4/16 Questioning

Socratic Questioning

Conceptual clarification questions

What exactly does this mean? Can you give me an example?

Probing assumptions

Please explain why/how … ? What would happen if … ?

Probing rationale, reasons and evidence

How do you know this? Why?

Questioning viewpoints and perspectives

What would … say about it? Why is it better than …?

Probe implications and consequences

How does … affect … ? What are the implications of … ?

Questions about the question

Why do you think I asked this question? What else might I ask?

Practical Suggestions & Reminders

  • If this is the answer what is the question?
  • Students creating questions
  • Thunks
  • All students
  • Basketball – bounce answers
  • No escape
  • Thinking time
  • Think, pair (square), share
  • Props
  • Extending answers – using tutor time to train students

Further Reading & Ideas


http://www.corndancer.com/tunes/tunes_print/soccirc.pdf  (Socratic Circles)







26/02/16 Teaching and Learning Briefing – Jo Ingate ‘Closing the Gap’.

Thanks to Jo for sharing ideas on Closing the Gap that the Technology Faculty have been working on. Jo shared a very important message about having high expectations of all students and not accepting mediocrity.

Click here for more information about Closing the Gap in Technology. DT ctg 2015 INGATE

Jo also reminded us of the famous ‘Austin’s Butterfly’ by Ron Berger. The key message about this is that ‘if it’s not excellent, then it’s not finished.

Please click here to find out more about Ron Berger’s work. It is so interesting and something we must all consider when teaching. Austin’s Butterfly


Thanks Jo.

05/02/16  Teaching and Learning Briefing – Student Leaders on what makes a good teacher.

On the 5th February we were lucky to have our very own Student Leaders sharing what they thought a good teacher was. They also shared with us what challenged them in lessons and what teachers did to make them think hard. A big THANK YOU to the students who put this together.

Joseph Henderson

Rosie Ralph-Wills

Ella Mark

Elliot Jackson

Willow Surman-Wells

Maisie Baker

Nafisa Muhammad

Gabrielle Williams

Emma Davis

Owen Youngman

Eve Garner

Please find attached the main notes from their meeting, some of which they shared with the staff. It very interesting and it reinforces the need for Challenge in all lessons for all students.

Student Leader Briefing 2016

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15/01/16 – 29/01/16 Teaching and Learning Briefing – Lara Townsend and Emma Costen.

For three weeks both Lara and Emma hosted our briefing on the topic of ‘EAL Support for Learners’. It was a very important topic, as most teachers at HDHS now teach students with EAL. We were provided with a handy laminated card with 7 main tips to help support our learners.

EAL Staff Briefing Lara and Emma

Just a couple of quick reminders as a follow on from the T and L Briefings:

  • If you feel that any first language glossaries would be beneficial to EAL students that you teach, please send either a list of key language or, if easier, a SoW (if it would be straightforward to work from that)
  • I am happy to look at support for reading materials, if you send me the relevant texts
  • I can also work on writing frames if I know the context for which it/they are needed
  • Emma Costen and I are visiting a Norwich school on Thursday to get some ideas for support –  any subject specific questions, or general for that matter, please send through before Thursday morning.

Thanks Emma and Lara!


Happy New Year- Let’s make 2016 a good one at HDHS!

11/12/15 Teaching and Learning Briefing – Sophie Rogers (English NQT), Rosie Samson (Art NQT), Richard Gambrell (P.E. NQT) and Katie Wainwright (Geography NQTs).

We finished our weekly T&L Friday briefings on a high, with a high quality session on ‘Independent Learning’. Our NQTs put themselves forward and shared very practical strategies to promote independence within the classroom. We started off reflecting what independent learning does for each pupil, with good comments across the room such as ‘give them a love for learning’ and ‘allows the to be critical thinkers’. Then our NQTS shared good tips and strategies with us.

“Great briefing this morning. Thank you.

At the end of your first term as NQTs many congratulations on delivering such a high quality session. It was a great example of team work and practical examples from different subjects.” Lynne Gettings, Deputy Head Teacher.


04/12/15 Teaching and Learning Briefing – Emma Stubbs, Psychology Department

Emma showed us an interesting method to aid extended writing called ‘Novakian argument mapping’.

This technique enables students to visually see how an argument is structured and helps to organise information and strengthen memory recall.

Please click here to view the PowerPoint from the briefing –  Novakian argument mapping Emma Stubbs 04.12.15

Thanks you Emma for sharing this.


27/11/15 Teaching and Learning Briefing – Layla Sharpe and Nick Shales, Maths Department

Representing the Maths Department, Layla and Nick presented two ideas which can be used to engage students.

Layla introduced a very good idea which is literacy based and something that staff can instantly use in their lessons.

Please click below to view Layla’s PowerPoint

Literacy Scrabble – Layla Sharpe 27.11.15

Nick, shared with us a great way to engage students- using JENGA!

Please click below to view Nick’s PowerPoint.

Jenga in the classroom – Nick Shales 27.11.15

Thank you both for sharing really good ideas to engage our students.


13/11/15 Teaching and Learning Briefing – Laura Pudney and Sophie Rogers – Fast Feedback

Laura and Sophie gave us very useful tips on marking and effective feedback

Please click here to view the PowerPoint from this briefing –  Laura P and Sophie Rogers Fast Feedback

imageimage06/11/15 Teaching and Learning Briefing – Effective Peer Assessment                              Effective Peer Assessment 061115

Peer assessment briefing
Peer assessment briefing

In today’s briefing we discussed the benefits and ‘pit falls’ of peer assessment. Teachers and T.As were given a photo and asked to find their partner. These varied from ‘Gin and Tonic’ to ‘Ant and Dec’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’. The idea behind this was for staff to chat to people they don’t normally get the opportunity to talk to. This could also be used as a peer assessment starter, to engage students and also to pre plan correct pairings.

This is a great blog which highlights the importance of peer assessment and provides practical advice on how to do it effectively.  http://www.learningspy.co.uk/assessment/improving-peer-feedback-with-public-critique/

If you haven’t watched this clip, please do so. It really shows the power of public critique


Below are tips for effective peer assessment you could use in your lessons. If you have any you’d like to share, please email Sarah DL and we can share your ideas in this blog. Peer Assessment handout 061115

Have a go of one of these this week!
Have a go of one of these this week!
Victoria showing imaginative use of Poundland games!
09/10/15 Victoria showing imaginative use of Poundland games!

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09/10/15  Poundland Pedegogy

A massive thank you to Jenna Harding, Victoria Shobczak, Chloe Mayhew and Sarah Cross for sharing their creative ideas using #poundlandpedagogy during last Friday’s T&L briefing! Tablecloths, paper plates, hangers and Jenga! Enjoy being creative!


Following our Teaching & Learning briefing on Poundland Pedagogy here’s some examples of it in action.

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