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As the Bell Goes: Audio Reflections - Claire Rushworth

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Created on 17 May 2010 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 02 September 2011 by ncetm_administrator

Teacher - Claire Rushworth

Having graduated from the University of Sunderland in 1999, Claire has spent ten years sharing her enthusiasm and expertise in the field of ICT at Broadway Junior School, and for the last four years at various schools in Sunderland as part of her role as AST. Visiting schools as far afield as New Zealand and Siberia, Canada and France, Claire has added an international flavour and global dimension to her work and research for a Master’s Degree in ‘Teaching and Learning with ICT’. She has supported colleagues in South Tyneside, Durham and Manchester, as well as Sunderland and has also led workshops at the Creative Partnerships National Conference. After winning two Northern Grid for Learning ICT awards, Claire is involved in developing ICT as a catalyst for learning across the region and thoroughly enjoys sharing new initiatives and approaches to embedding the subject in all curriculum areas, with colleagues and children in her own school and throughout the North East.
Audio Reflections by Claire
  • Converting Time - Part 1
    During the clip the Claire describes how children struggled with converting time between analogue and digital and how a clear change of plan for the lesson had to be taken quickly to ensure the pitch and pace of the lesson was appropriate. The positive use of additional adults to support, especially SEN children, is also mentioned
  • Converting Time - Part 2
    The clip follows from the previous and shows how sometimes a teacher’s planning needs to be flexible to add additional days/time for key skills and the address issues which may arise. Claire also discusses how a homework activity provided an invaluable insight into independent work and a key misconceptions with the majority of the class
  • Inverse operations
    Claire discusses clear strategies for supporting children’s thinking regarding inverse operations (multiplication and division). She describes how the lesson took the format of teacher modelling and children practising skills. The identification of a GT child also raises the questions of whether GT children are always GT children?
  • Multiplication
    Claire discusses how an assessment lesson, at then beginning of a block of work, can be used to determine the correct pitch – the lesson described details how children were given their own choice initially to answer a multiplication word problem. The task provided the teacher with an invaluable insight into which methods children were confident with and preferred
  • Number sequences
    Claire discusses how difficult it can be to pitch lessons correctly for SEN and how their levels of ability can surprise you. She notes how important it is for teachers to model strategies with children
  • Symmetry
    Claire discusses looking at symmetry with a group of Y3 SEN children and how the pitch of her lesson was inaccurate therefore the children found the simple concepts taught difficult to grasp. She goes on to discuss the strategies she employed to ensure the children achieved within the lesson and how here evaluation of the lesson will inform planning for the next day
  • Symmetry & Times Tables
    Claire discusses the mental and oral starter of rapid recall of x & ÷ facts – with SEN children.She goes onto discuss a symmetry lesson, building on from a previous lesson which was pitched inaccurately, and how this activity (more suited to SEN Year 3 children) allowed significant points, regarding the children’s abilities, to be highlighted.



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