I was pleased and proud to be invited along to a Chartered College of Teaching event at Winchester University last Wednesday (7 March 2018). The focus for the event was discussing ‘The Science of Learning’ and included other presentations about research included in the latest version of ‘Impact’ (The College of Teaching’s regular research magazine).
I shared work we have done at Cornerstone CE Primary, to develop our understanding and use of metcognitive strategies and thinking. We have:
- looked at and discussed key research
- given staff time in research groups led by an external NPQH colleague
- developed out ‘Teaching for Learning Foundations’ and ‘Feedback policy’ to help learners understand clearly what they are learning, how they can be successful, and how we enable them to reflect on their learning / think about their thinking within specific ‘Learning Aims’
- developed ‘Learning Powers’ (with out Pupil Voice Groups) and use a variety of ‘Learning Journey Prompts’ to ask before, during and after learning sequences
It was useful to articulate this process to other colleagues, and to reflect on the effectiveness and impact of these approaches through the Q&A session that followed.