Behaviour for learning
Last week I attended a training course in fielding primary school about behaviour for learning. I went in to the training with the mind set of being given clear strategies to manage disruptive children in my class. But my the misconception was addressed at the beginning of training and I then had a clear understanding of the meaning of behaviour for learning, which is where children are taught how we become learners.
We then looked closely at the work of professor John Hattie, who conducted a research looking closely at visible learning; see what the students see.
It was evident from research that the effectiveness of ability grouping was considerably less than the effectiveness of student expectations of themselves (which was the most effective).
This made me think that for children to become good learners they first need to believe that they are able to do that. One of the most important things that the training highlighted is ensuring children have a clear understanding of what they are learning and where they are going. This is done through ordering to children a WAGOLL which is stuck in their books at the beginning of each topic and annotated. This is something that I found would be quite effective to bring in to my class/ year group as this allows children at constantly refer back to the WAGOLL giving them a structure to work against.
Furthermore another important factor that I took from the training was the use of learning journeys. These are interactive displays where at the beginning of each topic the teacher goes through with the children the outline of the topic for the half term/ two weeks. This made children feel safe as they had a clear understanding of what to expect. This strategy ensures that there is no room for misbehaviour as children always knew what they to expect when they walked into the class.
And finally one of the most important points is to celebrate mistakes! Explicitly teaching children that making mistakes is what makes a good learner is key, as it creates a safe atmosphere for the children and creates a sense of belonging for the child.