So, we made a placemat.
Over the last twelve months we’ve made substantial (but gradual) changes to our T&L philosophy at Wellacre, focusing on a few key priorities and adopting a ‘tight but loose’ approach to classroom practice: “highlighting a few key pedagogical principles that are key to great teaching, but leaving teachers free to implement them as they see fit in their classrooms” (@Shaun_Allison)
We are guiding all our teachers to be able to evaluate what works best for them and for their classes, while taking away the fear and anxiety that comes with being “told what to do…”
We have our non-negotiables though, as any school would, and the mat incorporates these along with the tools, tips and strategies that have been used, evaluated and preferred by our staff over the past year. This point is key – the strategies on the mat are there because best practice across our Academy ALREADY incorporates them.
This is only a short post because it’s 7:50am on our first (proper) day of the new term, but I offer the placemat here for anyone to steal, share or borrow ideas from. I hasten to add that the ideas are not all my own, and I am equally indebted to those who have influenced its design, directly or indirectly.
Hope it’s useful!