ClickView’s Great Expectations – Behind the Scenes

ClickView’s Great Expectations – Behind the Scenes
Recently added to our Curriculum Library for Secondary Schools is a series we’re very excited to release, Great Expectations. This exclusive series is designed for GCSE students and explores key elements of Charles Dickens’ classic Victorian novel. Our team of educators have chosen to produce this series specifically for our UK customers. When we looked at all the British texts we could focus on for our next English video, Great Expectations was one of the most searched for novel titles on ClickView. Our ClickView Productions Team have put together this video to take you behind the…

Using Precise Formative Assessment to Identify Student Needs

Using Precise Formative Assessment to Identify Student Needs
Assessing student learning plays a crucial role in establishing starting points and action for teaching. Within education circles, you will hear many explain that they are comfortable with diagnostic and summative assessment. However, the process of formative assessment often takes a backseat. To highlight the importance of using a combination of assessment types, I make reference to a paper and definition of 'assessment' that received widespread attention and was heavily circulated by educators: "‘Assessment’ refers to all those activities undertaken by teachers, and by their students in assessing themselves, which provide information to be used…

Boost Student Outcomes through Targeted Teaching

Boost Student Outcomes through Targeted Teaching
When I was teaching one of the most frustrating aspects of planning for a class was ensuring I was targeting each lesson effectively, ensuring all students were able to grasp the content and express understanding despite the level they were at. Checks for learning at the end of preceding classes would help, but they were undermined by the time-pressures to move along whether or not all students had grasped the lesson’s objective. (more…)

How can you engage students in higher order thinking?

How can you engage students in higher order thinking?
As teachers in a 21st century classroom we are discouraged from utilising the conventional ‘chalk and talk’ method, which simply fills our students’ brains with knowledge. Instead of teaching students ‘what’ to think, we are now implored to ignite a spark of curiousity and teach them ‘how’ to think. These higher order thinking skills are necessary for students to break through the saturated nature of our current ‘information age’. (more…)