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WAGOLL Teaching

By Ben Cooper
WAGOLL Teaching is all about sharing great, simple teaching ideas with a global teaching community. As a teaching group, we need to stick together, support each other and develop positive approaches to classroom innovation. Development is all about trying something new, taking risks and sharing great ideas! you may even have some fun along the way!

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Ep. 15 Ending Lessons with Purpose
Bligh (1998) identified that students in class are most likely to remember the content at the very beginning and at the very end of a lesson. However, due to packed timetables, and back to back lessons, teachers can find themselves rushing to finish lessons leading to low impact endings to lessons. If used well, end of lesson activities, alternatively known as 'exit tickets', can be a great way of cementing specific knowledge in students' minds. Here are five tips on how to end lessons with purpose and impact. ​   Visit www.wagollteaching.com for more simply great teaching ideas. Visit www.literacywagoll.com for great example literacy texts to use in the classroom.   Follow us on social media: Instagram: @WAGOLLTeaching https://www.instagram.com/WAGOLLTeaching Twitter: @WAGOLLTeaching or @LiteracyWAGOLL  https://twitter.com/literacywagoll https://twitter.com/WAGOLLTeaching Facebook: WAGOLLTeaching https://www.facebook.com/WAGOLLTeaching
06:27
November 10, 2020
Ep. 14 Weaving Creativity Into Lessons
One thing that we have perhaps learned during this difficult time is that creative thinking is not limited to the arts. Nor does it have to be a huge 'Aha!' moment that leads to fame and fortune! Creativity appears to have thrived, despite the limitations presented to us by a lockdown. This would suggest that creativity is far more simple and humble than the outcomes suggest.  Creative thinking should, therefore, not be seen as a huge event or a timetabled lesson. The aim should be to weave key aspects of creativity into everyday happenings at school. But, what are the key aspects of creativity and how can you get weaving? 
11:05
October 24, 2020
Ep. 14 Delivering Effective Teacher Input
Teacher input can be really effective in setting the pace of the learning and guiding student's thinking when introducing them to new concepts, ideas and skills. However, if they lack focus or last too long, they can disengage children and have the opposite effect. They can allow teachers to fall into the trap of talking for too long and not engaging the students. So what does make great teacher input and how can you plan to ensure it has an impact every single time?   Visit www.wagollteaching.com for more simply great teaching ideas. Visit www.literacywagoll.com for great example literacy texts to use in the classroom.   Follow us on social media: Instagram: @WAGOLLTeaching https://www.instagram.com/WAGOLLTeachingTwitter: @WAGOLLTeaching or @LiteracyWAGOLL  https://twitter.com/literacywagoll https://twitter.com/WAGOLLTeachingFacebook: WAGOLLTeaching https://www.facebook.com/WAGOLLTeaching
08:26
September 27, 2020
Ep. 13 Interview Tips for Teachers
Are you a student teacher applying for your first job? Or are you applying for your next teaching post or step up? If the answer is yes, hopefully, my latest video will be useful to you. I will be discussing key topics for you to consider answers for, how to approach interviews with a positive mindset and answer questions in a clear and effective way!
09:13
May 16, 2020
Ep. 12 Demystifying Teaching Jargon - Learning Objectives, Success Criteria and Steps to Success
Learning Objectives, Success Criteria and Steps to Success can be used very effectively to support students learning if used correctly. Schools can sometimes lose focus on what the purpose of each is which can hinder learning and confuse children. In this video, I try to break down with each one to ensure each has a clear focus and purpose in your lessons. Visit www.wagollteaching.com for more simply great teaching ideas. Visit www.literacywagoll.com for great example literacy texts to use in the classroom.
08:20
February 1, 2020
Ep. 11 Questions to Fine-tune your Lesson Planning
Preparing for lessons can seem like a complex and daunting task, especially on a late Sunday evening when a new school week is looming. As a new teacher, you may also find yourself trying to fulfil a never-ending tick box list of things to include in your lessons - especially when being observed. This can actually act as a blocker for designing well focused and planned learning opportunities. But, by asking these 7 simple questions you can focus your attention on what really matters to help you refine and fine-tune your day to day teaching and lessons.
07:56
January 25, 2020
Ep. 10 Simple Lesson Starter Activities
Your children arrive to lesson from a break or lunch hyped up, chattering away. It is important that when they enter your classroom they refocus their mind on learning. This can be quite a task and can be challenging. But by engaging children from the moment they enter the room, you can start your lesson, hook them in and focus their minds on the lesson. Here are five simple ways you can do this that can be used in a range of subjects and lessons.
07:37
January 18, 2020
Ep. 9 Growing a Growth Mindset Organically
Having an open mindset is the belief that this is simply not true. It is the belief that just like your muscles, you can train, refine and grow your brain and increase its capacity for information and skill acquisition. ​Growth mindset has been another buzzword floating around for the past 10 years in education, but what does it actually mean and how do you develop a growth mindset in your classroom? It sounds complicated but actually, you can grow children's mindset organically and subtly, by making a few small tweaks to your day to day teaching.
07:47
January 11, 2020
Ep. 8 Classroom Routines That Rock
Feeling stressed because your children take too long to transition? Feel like you can't get through your full lessons? Smooth classroom routines can save you time, stress and worry simply by allowing children to understand various classroom expectations. Here are my top five classroom routines you need to perfect to make your life easier!
10:14
October 4, 2019
Ep. 7 Resolving Student Conflicts
Students fall out and make mistakes but resolving them can be both frustrating and time-consuming. Disagreements can appear resolve but reappear a few days or weeks later. Clear communication with both pupils and parents is key to ensuring disagreements and problems are resolved quickly, for good! Here are my 5 top tips for resolving student conflicts.
08:40
September 28, 2019
Ep. 6 Starting the New School Year
The first week back is always a busy one, but it can be made easier by having a clear plan on what you want to achieve with your children. By setting high expectations, laying out clear routines and getting to know your children, you can set yourself up for a really successful year. Here are my top tips on how to start your first week of school! Visit www.literacywagoll.com for FREE example texts to inspire your children's writing!
08:44
September 14, 2019
Ep. 5 Starting Your First Ever Teaching Job
It is that time of year when teaching students are approaching their final school placements and turn their attention to becoming NQTs and taking on their first class. But how can you approach it with the right attitude and mentality that will allow you to have an enriching and successful time? We have the video for you!   Visit www.literacywagoll.com for FREE example texts to inspire your children's writing!
05:48
August 16, 2019
Ep. 4 Creating Humanistic Classrooms
During day to day teaching, with there being so much focus on progress and learning, it is really easy to forget who your children are as people. Developing a humanistic classroom sounds complicated but it is simply about understanding each child's personality, how they like to learn and celebrate their individuality with lessons. In turn, it can have a positive impact on your students learning too! Here are my top five tips for creating a humanistic classroom. Visit www.literacywagoll.com for FREE example texts to inspire your children's writing!
06:51
July 26, 2019
Ep. 3 Personalising Student Learning
Differentiation is a huge topic and can sometimes appear impossible to achieve completely. But by understanding the basics and handing the choice over to the children, it can be far easier to manage. Find out what basic personalised learning looks like and some handy hints to support your lesson planning!
09:10
July 12, 2019
Ep. 2 Supporting Parents to Support Their Children
It can be difficult for parents to know what to do when it comes to supporting their children's learning at home. But by giving parents a few simple tips, helping children learn at home can be easier than they may think. Here are a few tips on how you as a teacher can support your parents to support their children.
07:34
June 29, 2019
Ep. 1 Engaging Reluctant Writers
Do you have a reluctant writer in your class? Reluctant writers can be a challenge in class. There are many reasons why students may be reluctant writers and identifying the cause for their reluctance is the first steps in helping them reengage with Literacy. What types of reluctant writers are there and how can we support them? Visit www.literacywagoll.com for FREE example texts to inspire your children's writing!
11:58
June 21, 2019
Introducing WAGOLL Teaching
WAGOLL Teaching is all about sharing great, simple teaching ideas with a global teaching community. As a teaching group, we need to stick together, support each other and develop positive approaches to classroom innovation. Development is all about trying something new, taking risks and sharing great ideas! you may even have some fun along the way!
03:03
June 20, 2019