Leadership in education: promoting the active participation of students in the school environment.
Why do we want to promote the active participation of pupils in the school environment?
Pupils are more motivated and want to learn.
They become independent learners .
The school environment is a more pleasant and positive place to be.
Develops and promotes proactive citizens .
The context Key information ● Junior school – Pupils aged between 7 and 11. ● Four Year groups. ● Three classes in each year group. ● 30 pupils per class. ● Approximately 360 pupils. ● 14 teachers ● One head teacher. ● One deputy head.
● Pupils sit in groups of four. ● The teacher has to sit the children by ability (these are their places for all lessons except Numeracy). ● During the lesson the teacher uses the structures to ensure that all pupils are interacting with one another. Lower ability pupil High-ability pupil Higher-middle ability pupil Lower-middle ability pupil
● Rally Robin – pupils go round making an oral list. ● Timed pair share – pupils have one minute to answer a question or talk about a topic while their partner listens, then they swap. ● Rally Coach – pupils work in a pair on a task, taking turns to complete tasks and supporting each other. ● Quiz-quiz-trade – pupils walk around the room with a fact to teach someone else. Each time they stop they teach one another their facts, then move on. Lower ability pupil High-ability pupil Higher-middle ability pupil Lower-middle ability pupil
Traditional marking involved putting a tick or a cross and a comment e.g. well done.
With effective marking, teachers leave the child a question in their exercise book to answer next lesson.
We do this using stickers but it can be a written comment.
2 . Effective marking – ‘green pen questions’ Well done on your letter about Ancient Egyptian food! Which food have you never tried? Would you like to? Well done finding fact families! Which X and ÷ facts do you know from 7 X 4? Finish this simile: The monster was as green as…
Class Contract In 3Z we promise to: 1. be kind to each other. 2. work hard. 3. try to get to school on time. 4. wear the correct uniform. 5. always tell the truth. 6. keep our classroom tidy. 7. read for 5 minutes each night, Monday to Friday. 8. hand our homework in on time (Wednesday). 9. practise our spellings. 10.respect other people’s property. 11. use good manners. 12. try and listen to each other and our teachers. Mr Harrison promises to: 1. treat everyone equally and fairly. 2. try and make lessons interesting. 3. mark our books in time for the next lesson. 4. reward good behaviour and follow the behaviour policy if children misbehave.
At the start of the year, pupils think of what they should put in their class contract.
They do this in their Kagan groups.
The teacher then types up the sugestions they want to include.