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Target Practice Prezi (May 2013)

A secondary teaching turnaround story
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Richard Andrew

on 1 November 2013

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Transcript of Target Practice Prezi (May 2013)

I didn't sign up for target practice ... a story of progress through necessity It was my first year in
this particular school and I hadn't
noticed the following
sign .. The
Work Requirement Scheme
(WRS) Student-Centred Learning Here's a picture of me
at the front of this class,
ready to teach! ... just waiting for the hits! Crowd control was

not my idea of fun. The game being played was:
'Let's hijack Mr A's lessons
as much as possible!' I needed to make a
U Turn with this class I simply had to remove myself
from the centre of my lessons ... … and put the students at the centre Placing the students
at the centre removed
the target! How did I place
the students at the centre? The WRS can be applied to most subject areas - it is simply a variation on the assignment principle. So WHY was the
Work Requirement Scheme so successful? Other advantages of the WRS:
- I no longer had to force students to complete work. The WRS required that students
be self-directed.
It was their choice to be on schedule,
or behind schedule, or ahead of schedule
- ‘the crunch’ came at the end of the unit. The students
loved it! Individual Progression Creating a need to learn
is paramount in teaching! The WRS created a much greater need in students to genuinely seek help because they were self-directed and more engaged. In the old teacher-directed model
I answered students' questions
before they arose With the WRS I deliberately allowed
students to run into problems
- ‘mini brick walls’ -
so that they would
ask questions from ‘need’ ... Students were now
demonstrating a genuine desire to learn With student-centred learning
comes individual progression With individual progression comes greater student spread! Having students spread widely throughout
the WRS meant the same questions
were asked by different students as they
each reached a given point within the WRS "Help! I have to repeat myself" A lot! How can we efficiently handle
Student Spread? Enter the Mini Lesson
(or 'News Flash') Student Spread So there it is
- the Work Requirement Scheme … in one easy step. I highly recommend it! How to move from this … ... to this ... Nice huh? But what's the big deal with
student-centred (self-directed) learning?
Why does it work for students? With Student-Centred Learning students gain a sense of ownership over their work ... and control and empowerment over their learning Think about this - none of us like to learn according to someone else's agenda.
(I certainly dont!) But when given some freedom
and choice when learning,
the experience becomes natural ...
much more enjoyable and rewarding I was a more positive 'force' in the room as a result. The classroom vibe
improved dramatically
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