It was a real thrill to take part in the Wellington Education Festival this year. I was overwhelmed by the level of interest, with people packed into every corner and many more who couldn’t get in at all. Guess what? People at an Education Festival want to talk about lessons! That’s hugely encouraging.
My slides included some images from lessons at my school, showing that learning takes many forms… with traditional ‘heads down’ essay writing integrated with group work, on-line resources, student-led instruction, peer support, tightly focused drills and more open-ended explorations…
However, the idea of a ‘great lesson’ is that it is characterised more by the habits of the teacher, the things they do routinely every day, rather than the specific strategies and structures they employ. For me, Great lessons are all about habits.
I then went through the Great Lessons Series 1 -10, one idea at time… from Probing to Joy.
The full series is available via this link: Great Lessons.
OR you can download a pdf with all the posts compiled together in one easy-to-share document.
I am now planning to turn this into a book some time next year… you can read it all again then!
It was fantastic to see sessions from Tom Bennett, David Didau, Geoff Barton and Mark Anderson… and to chat to so many people. Thanks to everyone at Wellington for putting on such a great event. I want to go back next year – and I’ve been promised a bigger room. I’ll have a few more things to say by then…
I’m grateful to Sally Thorne for a great write-up of the talk on her blog: