Monthly Archives: February 2015

Somebody somewhere said it was outstanding to… 

… put a list of lesson objectives on the wall and tick them off as they get done during class time so that students know where we are up to and what is still to be done. 

So putting a list of activities on the wall to work through and ticking them off as you work through them is outstanding classroom practice? Why?

I’ve been told this each time over the last few years when I’ve been given a 2 for good, but not a 1 for outstanding. So I tried the list thing. And you could see the hearts and faces fall. All the stuff we are going to plough through. One by one. No surprise. A boring list. And the implication that as soon as the stuff on it has been ticked off then surely you can leave. So hurry up then. Get it ticked off. Have we done yet? Can we go now? Oh no! All THAT still to do!!! Hearts and faces fall again. 

No. I’m not writing a list and ticking it off as we go. It’s demoralising and boring. Takes out any sense of adventure and the unknown.