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The 9 things every teacher should know.
  • TIP-1: Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.
  • TIP-2: Learning is a change in long-term memory.
  • TIP-3: Memory is the residue of thought.
  • TIP-4: Learning requires forgetting.
  • TIP-5: If you don't know where you're going, you might wind up someplace else.
  • TIP-6: The answers of confident students are a bad guide to what the rest of the class is thinking.
  • TIP-7: The only thing that matters about feedback is what students do with it.
  • TIP-8: Effective group work requires individual accountability.
  • TIP-9: Students have deep insights into their own learning.

From: The 9 things every teacher should know, Dylan Wiliam

Practical tips for teachers.
  • TIP-1: Begin a lesson with a short review of previous learning.
  • TIP-2: Present new material in small steps with student practice after each step.
  • TIP-3: Ask a large number of questions and check the responses of all students.
  • TIP-4: Provide models.
  • TIP-5: Guide student practice.
  • TIP-6: Check for student understanding.
  • TIP-7: Obtain a high success rate.
  • TIP-8: Provide scaffolds for difficult tasks.
  • TIP-9: Require and monitor independent practice.
  • TIP-10: Engage students in weekly and monthly review.

From: Principles of Instruction, Barak Rosenshine

Seven recommendations for self-awareness in teaching and learning.
  • TIP-1: Teachers should acquire the professional understanding and skills to develop their pupils' metacognitive knowledge.
  • TIP-2: Explicitly teach pupils metacognitive strategies, including how to plan, monitor, and evaluate their learning.
  • TIP-3: Model your own thinking to help pupils develop their metacognitive and cognitive skills.
  • TIP-4: Set an appropriate level of challenge to develop pupils' self-regulation and metacognition.
  • TIP-5: Promote and develop metacognitive talk in the classroom.
  • TIP-6: Explicitly teach pupils how to organise, and effectively manage, their learning independently.
  • TIP-7: Schools should support teachers to develop their knowledge of these approaches and expect them to be applied appropriately.

From: Metacognition and self-regulated learning, Education Endowment Foundation

What makes great pedagogy? Nine claims from research.
  • TIP-1: Effective pedagogies give serious consideration to pupil voice.
  • TIP-2: Effective pedagogies depend on behaviour (what teachers do), knowledge and understanding (what teachers know) and beliefs (why teachers act as they do).
  • TIP-3: Effective pedagogies involve clear thinking about longer term learning outcomes as well as short-term goals.
  • TIP-4: Effective pedagogies build on pupils' prior learning and experience.
  • TIP-5: Effective pedagogies involve scaffolding pupil learning.
  • TIP-6: Effective pedagogies involve a range of techniques, including whole-class and structured group work, guided learning and individual activity.
  • TIP-7: Effective pedagogies focus on developing higher order thinking and metacognition, and make good use of dialogue and questioning in order to do so.
  • TIP-8: Effective pedagogies embed assessment for learning.
  • TIP-9: Effective pedagogies are inclusive and take the diverse needs of a range of learners, as well as matters of student equity, into account.

From: What makes great pedagogy? Nine claims from research., Chris Husbands and Jo Pearce