Learning from Good Lessons
This film is part of the Evidence-Based Teacher’s Toolkit: a growing set of resources where we take the evidence about what works best in teaching and learning and try to make it accessible to teachers and learners.
Three outstanding lessons
This film looks at three primary school lessons. All three of which have been graded Good or Outstanding by an OFSTED inspector. We show extracts from each of the three lessons explaining why the method is effective or where using another method could have been further improved the learning.
Sources of evidence for the commentary
- 1. Classroom-based experiments. Studies have been done which combine the results for 100s of different experiments. We have used these to create a list of ten highly effective methods
- 2. Evidence from neuroscience: How people learn is now much better understood than is was even 10 yrs ago. The implications for teaching have been distilled in a range of books.
None of the teachers have been trained specifically in these methods. They illustrate the fact that, when we look at highly effective teachers, they are using methods for which there is good evidence – even when they themselves do not realise they are doing so.
You will see three types of advice in the film:
1. Tips from the Top Ten (where one of the top ten is used or could have been used)
2. Brain based tips (showing how this part of the lesson fits in to what we know about the brain)
3. Things to watch (things to avoid in your own lessons)
Each lesson commentary last about 15 mins. You can either watch the whole section, or use the navigation to find the short section of your choosing. This makes it easy to use in staff training sessions.
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