Great Teaching: Engaging Children in Learning Making Deep Learning Fun

Suitable for: Head Teacher, Subject teachers, teachers, SLTs

Course code Keystages Presented by
PTL116 Foundation; KS1; KS2
  • Steph Johnson (TLC)
  • Ian Richardson (Primary Consultant)

This course is part of a series of courses using evidence-based research to develop, and embed, 'great' teaching and learning. In this course we will:

Review research findings regarding how children learn, including the importance of managing cognitive load and building lasting schemata by making learning 'sticky'
Consider how to move children from being passive learners to active engaged learners who take responsibility for their own learning
Consider how to engage children throughout the lesson. E.g during explicit teaching, through the lesson structure, using flexible grouping, metacognition, 'chunking' learning and reviewing learning
Have a wide range of practical strategies to engage children in deep learning. E.g. Talk for learning, collaborative learning, using drama techniques appropriately to deepen learning etc
Reinvigorate delegates to enable fun and enjoyment in learning, whilst maintaining rigour in order to help children reach their full potential.

One of the legacies of the pandemic is that many children have become disengaged from school and learning. This new course is an addition to the Great Teaching suite of courses and aims to address this. How can we bring the fun back into learning whilst maintaining appropriate rigour? Fun and deep learning are not mutually exclusive and this course aims to prove that. Come along and enjoy the opportunity to reflect on your own classroom practice, revisit some of the strategies you used to use, but may have forgotten, and gather some fresh ideas to add to your 'teacher toolkit'.

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