The Evolution of ‘The Big 4’
Over the past year or so, I’ve been very keen on the idea of developing a ‘tight but loose’ approach to teaching across my school. By that I mean 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. So the idea of ‘The Big 4’ was born:
This has been going well. Recently though, I’ve been thinking about ‘independence‘ and how it fits in? Whereas questioning, feedback and challenge are a ‘means’, independence is the ‘end’. David Didau discusses this really well here. Furthermore, we’ve been discussing the idea and importance of ‘modelling‘ a great deal at DHS – Andy Tharby has written a great blog on this recently. So this got me thinking about whether modelling should replace independence? So I posed the question on twitter.
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