Great Teaching 2: Responsive Teaching
“A bad curriculum well taught is invariably a better experience for students than a good curriculum badly taught: pedagogy trumps curriculum. Or more precisely, pedagogy is curriculum, because what matters is how things are taught, rather than what is taught.” ― Dylan Wiliam, Embedded Formative Assessment
Responsive teaching is a way of thinking about teaching and learning and in the differentiated classroom connects the learner and the content in meaningful, respectful and effective ways. This way of teaching is grounded in the teacher’s understanding of and connection with each student. Effective teachers adapt their teaching to respond to the needs of the class and individual pupils (OECD, 2015). Responsive teaching does not mean creating distinct tasks for different groups of pupils or setting lower expectations for some (Pashler et al. 2007).Questioning is key and enables us to use evidence of what pupils have understood to allow us to adapt our teaching to better meet pupils’ needs (Wiliam, in Christodoulou, 2017).
•Responsive teaching flows from effective assessment
•Responsive teaching elicits responsive learning
•Feedback should be more work for the recipient than the donor
•Questioning is the beating heart of pedagogy Teachers need to understand key pupil differences and prepare for them
1 How well do you know each of your learners?
2. How connected are you to your learners? •
3. How much assessment do you do?
4. What types of assessment do you do?
5. What do you do with the results?
6. Does your feedback generate action?
7. How effective is your questioning?
Workshop Resources and Recording
Gabby De Luca Recording
Below are a series of key documents and links that will help you deepen your understanding of this component.
|Skilful Questioning Blog post||An article by the Chartered College of Teaching on the importance of questioning||LINK|
|What is responsive teaching?||Harry Fletcher Wood’s perspective on effective formative assessment||LINK|
|Adapting Teaching – Ambition ECT module (Instruction)||A series of resources from Ambition Institute focusing on general approaches to responsive teaching||LINK|
|Adapting Teaching – Ambition ECT module (Subject)||A series of resources from Ambition Institute focusing on subject approaches to responsive teaching||LINK|
|Working inside the black box – AFL in the classroom||A follow up article to the seminal work ‘inside the black box’ by Black and Wiliam.||LINK|
Below we will collate a set of documents and links that also have relevance to this component.