Teaching badly – really badly

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Esse Quam Videri

You may well have read that Liz Truss is bringing a large number of Chinese maths teachers to the UK to work in hubs within schools. She hopes that we can learn from Chinese teaching methods. I read one article in which a British maths teacher suggested that in many ways our maths lessons are better than those in China. This got me thinking about what makes English lessons better.

It is always good to look at those who get things wrong if you want to learn what is really good. A good place to start would be my own lessons last year with my year 11 history class of A* to C/D grade kids.  At my school I don’t have to teach any particular way and no one from management observes me much and so I am left alone to teach badly – really badly.

With that class…

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