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Teachers Talking Theory: In Action - Sue Briggs

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Created on 07 May 2008 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 20 October 2008 by ncetm_administrator

Teachers Talking Theory

Teachers Talking Theory: In Action is a set of professional development resources which comprise of video clips and associated activities. The materials can stimulate discussion and experimentation and are designed to be used in many different scenarios.
Sue Briggs, The Castle School
Students feeling positive about their own learning
Students making choices about how they learn

Sue is interested in how she can create an environment in her classroom where students feel safe to explore their own understanding. She is experimenting with ways of handing over responsibility for their own learning to the students.

Probes & Prompts


What practical examples do we see of Sue giving control to the students for their own learning? What would it be like to be a student in this class?


What do you think of Sue’s decision to give her students the answers to their homework? Would you consider doing this? If so, what discussion would you need to have with your class before this?
Click here to view more probes and prompts for use with this video

Additional Resources
Resource Sheet A - Unit 1.2 from Revision Booklet

See Linked Mathemapedia Entry


Students feeling positive about their learning

Find out more about ways of working with these materials with other colleagues


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Mathematics as a creative discipline


Encouraging rich child-initiated activity


Children making their own decisions when solving problems


Questioning to encourage deep mathematical thinking


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20 September 2008 01:02
Brilliant! You have placed the essential opportunity (and assumption) of ownership, autonomy of reason, and responsibility where it belongs and so where it will be most effective.

By ianholden
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29 July 2008 09:24

We have been working on a similar idea of RAG sheets before each topin in Bedfordshire - but the idea about homeworks was very good! I think we're at a tipping point with homework at the moment - currently it seems to be crucial and pointless at the same time

Sue's ideas are certainly in the ritgh idrection I think

By nickm314
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