Metacognition – I’m loving reading several books on this topic at the moment. There is some great research based literature out there on memory. Surely when designing a new curriculum this should be an absolute must, looking at interleaving, spacing, working v long term memory testing effect, etc. There is research debunking learning styles etc too. Reading Dan Willingham ‘Why Don’t students like school’ and Brown et al ‘Making it stick’.
Alex Quigley’s posts here;
Joe Kirby; (I dont agree with him on most things but the cognitive science stuff is interesting)
Pragmatic rehearsal – i’d argue that this is the nuts and bolts of good teaching, what we need to do to be effective. I’m a fan of Doug Lemov’s and Uncommon Schools ‘Teach Like a Champion’ and would argue all NQT’s should study it, I wish id had this book in my first year of teaching. Basic techniques like SLANT – sit up, listen, ask questions, nod and track the speaker. Generally behaviour for learning could that fit in here? Tom Bennet is a blogger who is an expert in this area. Maybe some of the work of Dweck on growth mindset, grit and the power of ‘not yet’ underpins some of the other research triads. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-swZaKN2Ic. I have her mindset book.
Dylan Wiliam and classic authors
Tom Sherrington covers the basics of good teaching well;
Pedagogical content knowledge
Subject specific journals e.g. Geographical association good research
Feedback – There are a ton of blogs on feedback. I would say that it is all about building a culture and its beyond the traditional peer assessment models. If this group have not seen this video they must – it will change the way feedback is percieved; Also Ron Bergers book ‘An Ethic of Excellence’ is a MUST read for all teachers in my opinion – a culture of critique. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqh1MRWZjms http://reflectionsofmyteaching.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/PBL?m=0
I think feedback is all about impact and being sensible with workload and the amount given.
Here are a few blogs on feedback;
David Didau’s book ‘The secret of literacy’ is simply awesome.
Doug Lemovs ‘Dot rounds’ are an easy an effective form of feedback I would have on my list of strategies teachers must use
Authentic challenge – The work of High Tech High and REAL projects, website such as edutopia, Buck Institute of education etc could support in the implementation of projects. Potential to disseminate research to the Innovation Unit. Some great pbl blogs;
Science – Darren Mead http://pedagogicalpurposes.blogspot.co.uk/
Books such as the ‘Hidden Lives of Learners’ by Nutthal – brilliant book!
Various organisations e.g. RSA, Expeditionary learning schools.
Read ‘An Ethic of Excellence’ as a starting point. Build a culture of enquiry in the classroom
Standards based grading etc interesting, nice book by Berger et al on this.
Demonstrating -passage presentations and portfolios- see Berger’s assessment book I have