Every teacher has a unique way of teaching and a reason why they teach the way the teach. Ross Morrison McGill is @TeacherToolkit, the ‘most followed teacher on Twitter in the UK’. Here is how Ross teaches his students. How do you teach your students? Maybe you can take something out of Ross’ book.
Teaching is a complicated business, and it should not take me to remind you, that there is no-single way to teach.
Teachers are still getting to grips with what the evidence says. We know ‘what works’ somewhere, may not work in another setting, yet the current debate of knowledge-rich curriculum; rigorous assessment; a longer school day and effective behaviour policies are all-well-and-good strategies to drive school improvement, but it is important that teachers do not allow politically-motivated organisations, OfSTED, your leadership or even your head of department for that matter, to tell teachers what teaching (preferences) or school structures work better than the other. You can even include this blog and my views too!
Everything works somewhere, and nothing works everywhere. – Dylan Wiliam
In my work in and around schools, observing and coaching 1000s of colleagues – call it action research if you will – these are my views on ‘how to teach?’ and how I do it in my classroom.
Yes, I’m just one of millions of examples around the world, so feel free to disregard my views too! n.b. it takes years to master teaching.
First, both progressive and traditional teaching styles are evident in schools where I have worked or have supported. They co-exist in my classroom and broadly, neither is no more prevalent than the other and each are advocated in many schools. It is vital that schools allow their teachers to teach freely. Note, some schools may advocate a particular style of teaching – that is entirely up to the headteacher.