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As the Bell Goes: Audio Reflections - Nicky Wills

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Created on 17 May 2010 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 08 September 2011 by ncetm_administrator
As the bell goes: Audio reflections

Teacher - Nicky Wills

Teacher - Nicky WillsNicola is at an exciting stage of career, the mid-point of her first year in teaching, with responsibility for a mixed ability year 6 class in a school serving challenging circumstances. This is no mean feat! Prior to taking up her post, Nicola worked as a volunteer in The Gambia, West Africa and she is now incorporating this life-changing experience in her day to day teaching, particularly in the development of ‘pupil voice’ via the role of the school council.
Audio Reflections by Nicky
  • Assessment for Learning
    Nicky discusses the use of talk to establish pitch necessary for the remainder of a block of work
  • Curricular targets
    Nicky discusses a whole school approach to addressing curricular targets – the use of focus weeks. She goes on to discuss how allowing planning to evolve taking into account assessment for learning is beneficial
  • Interactive Teaching Programmes
    Nicky discusses additional models and images with the use of interactive teaching programmes (ITPs)
  • Misconceptions
    Nicky discusses the use of mini plenaries throughout a lesson to immediately address misconceptions arising from individuals/groups instead of waiting till the end of the lesson and then having to amend planning for the next lesson
  • Model & Images
    Nicky discusses the benefits of using models and images to support less able children
  • Number Line for Subtraction
    Nicky discusses her effective use of a teaching assistant to support less able children with additional time grasping the use of a number line for subtraction, while the remainder of the class can be supported with the application of the skill in a real life content
  • Planning Time
    Nicky describes the importance of planning time for children to apply key skills in real life contexts
  • Purpose of Mathematics
    Nicky discusses the importance of giving mathematics a purpose for children to learn
  • Real life Mathematics
    Nicky discusses the use of planning lessons which have a focus on using and applying to allow the teacher to ‘stand back’ and observe how children work
  • Slogans
    Nicky describes how a slogan was used to support children’s understanding of inverse operations
  • Strategy for Division
    Nicky describes the use of appropriate success criteria for the chunking strategy for division
  • Taking Time
    Nicky discusses the importance of taking time and allowing flexibility within planning – this provides opportunities for consolidation of key skills.


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