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Darren Mead

Darren Mead is an experienced science teacher who has been described as ‘the Jimi Hendrix of teaching’ and ‘perhaps the most intellectually engaged of all British teachers’. Based in the north-east of England, he shares his classroom-based interpretations of research through his highly respected blog, Sharing Pedagogical Purposes.


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The Expert Teacher

In The Expert Teacher: Using pedagogical content knowledge to plan…

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How good am I at explaining?

July 17 2019

As teachers, our audience, our students can be a great source of feedback upon our craft. They see you teach more than you do. So one way to develop our ability to explain things well is not only in their understanding of the subject, but also in identifying what aspect(s) we need to improve upon. This may be a structural, signalling, clarity or supportive feature of your communication. Further details can be read here and here and here.

These features are broken down in the following student voice survey. As always I worry that a checklist in the wrong hands turns into a management tool, and that is not the intention here. So if anyone tries tell them to do one. This is a professional reflection tool, for teachers to check their own classroom practice on their own or with some feedback from their classes.
A downloadable version can be found here.

My teacher...
Always
Mostly
Sometimes
Rarely 
Never
explanations are clear and understandable





goes at the right speed





teacher makes clear points





teacher loses track of what they are saying





teacher says urr, um, em during their explanations





teachers explanations emphasise important ideas





explanations contain extra, unhelpful, statements





Explanations review or summarise  key ideas





Makes mistakes when explaining





Finish the explanation





Build up/ breakdown complex ideas into chunks. 





Remind me of what we have already studied





link ideas together





Make clear what they are about to explain





Make useful notes on the board





Point/ highlight key parts of diagrams or idea on the whiteboard





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John Loughran on Pedagogical Content Knowledge.

July 16 2019

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