On Wednesday 50 staff members attended their 3rd CPD training of the year: Westfield Academy’s The apprentice. It was such a success and a fantastic opportunity for staff to plan the perfect lesson in groups, looking specifically at Questioning and AFL strategies and competing against each other for the ‘best’ lesson.
Our very own Lord Sugar introduced the task ahead, making our training enjoyable but most importantly purposeful and useful for the staff.
Before the staff began their task, we watched some videos of pupils telling us about how Questioning and AFL helps them learn and make progress in the lesson.
The Groups watched intensely as the pupils informed them of their favourite strategies their teachers used in the classroom and you could see the cogs working away as the staff began to get competitive and think about their amazing lesson plans.
20mins later, with a completed adapted version of @teachertoolkit 5min lesson plan blank magic 6 5min plan…
And after some serious deliberation,we had three finalists- hand picked by our own Lord Sugar assistants!
And the winner of Westfield Academy’s apprentice was…Ryan, Leah, Ben Waite, Ben Lee, Jodie, Karishma & Jamie’s group.
So what popular gems did they use in their magic 6 lesson plans?
- @teachertoolkit’s Pose Pause Pounce Bounce questioning
- Secret spy & secret marker strategy for AFL
- Traffic light tracking using their student planners
- Lollipop sticks & classroom tools random selector
- Use of a modernised bloom’s ladder of higher order questioning
Their lesson was chosen by our own Lord Sugar; Head teacher Mr Body. His reasoning for this decision was simple: it had a clear Input/ Activity/ review cycle. The level of tasks ensure stretch and challenge throughout. And most importantly they incorporated a range of simple but highly effective Questioning & AFL strategies to ensure all learners were making progress.
Well done to all groups, we can’t wait to see your new strategies and ideas being incorporated in your lessons this term!