PMR can be a stressful time for colleagues and it involves a lot of planning and preparation- especially when we want to achieve our targets and grow into the best teachers we can.
So for our recent CPD cycle, we decided to change up our training and design a pick and mix style session- where staff brought their Pre-Pmr observation booklets and evaluated their successes and where they wold like to improve.
We then provided a range of support/ resources and guidance for staff on a number of areas, that we, as the teaching & Learning team, decided were crucial for staff development.
Below we have broken it down into essential sections for a successful observation (whether you are NQT, training or a well-established teacher) there are resources that everyone can use and adapt and more importantly make your life just that little bit easier!
- Input-Activity-Review Cycle
- Starters and Plenaries
- Questioning Stems Question Stems- Blooms
- Questioning Ladders Questioning Mat
- Pose-Pause-Pounce-Bounce PPPB.pptx
Stretch and Challenge
- Learning Pit resources
- Challenge cards Challenge-Cards
- Extension tasks Challenge-Wall.ppt
- Higher Order questioning (thinking Hats (cats)) thinking cats
Learning Objectives and Outcomes
- Blooms Taxonomy Blooms Challenge Wall
- How to use Success Criteria effectively
Context sheets & Lesson Pan
- what should go into a context sheet?
- How much Information is too much?
- Seating plans
Assessment for Learning
- Mind maps for reviews and consolidation
- In lesson strategies
- Keyword Tennis as a fun consolidation activity
- Blue Stickers and Whole School marking Policy
Behaviour For Learning
A successful observation is a combination of fantastic planning, enthusiasm and ensuring you do everything to ensure your pupils make adequate progress.
- Ask colleagues to team teach/ look over your lesson plans in the lead up to your observation- subject specialists could give you great ideas.
- Don’t plan to use a new whizzy AFL strategy in your observation if you have never trialled it beforehand.
- Prepare using a simple 5min plan
- Be consistent and follow policy procedures to ensure a calm learning environment
- Question throughout your lesson- ensure you know where pupils are at in their learning cycle. Act upon it- adapt- if they are not sure.