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Class Teaching

biscuit mindsetIt’s been a great week at DHS.  We started off on Monday with an INSET thinking about how we can develop a growth mindset with our students.  By that we mean students who will:

  • Strive for excellence
  • Embrace the challenges
  • Persist in the face of difficulties
  • Understand that success requires hard work and effort
  • Learn from feedback
  • Be inspired by the excellence of others

Andy Tharby got us thinking about this in terms of ‘responsive differentiation’.  The general idea around this, can be summed up by the following diagram:

responsive differentiation

Essentially, Andy was saying that what we should be doing as teachers is setting the bar of expectation high for all students, monitoring them throughout the lesson, identifying when students are struggling and then intervening in some way to help get them ‘unstuck’.  The skill is to not intervene too early – a degree of struggling and having to grapple with ‘hard learning’…

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