Pedagogy and practice: teaching and learning in secondary schools

This study unit offers some practical strategies that teachers use during interactive whole-class teaching sessions, particularly during starters and plenaries. The topics covered include:

Starters and plenaries in the context of interactive teaching
What makes an effective starter?
What makes an effective plenary?
The techniques suggested are tried and tested; they draw on both academic research and the experience of practising teachers. By working through this guide, teachers can build their repertoire step by step, starting with strategies that are easy to implement and moving on to those that will help pupils develop their skills further.

The unit contains ‘reflections’, to help teachers reflect on an idea or on their own practice, and a summary of the research with suggestions for ‘next steps’ and further reading.

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Subject(s)Cross curricular
Age11-14, 14-16
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Shelf referenceA 373.236 DEP
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