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Teachers Talking Theory: In Action - Ways of Working

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.

Ways of working with these materials with other colleagues

We have not provided session plans or prescribed a particular route through the materials; rather what is offered here is a collection of material from which you can choose in order to design your own session.

However, a suggested way of working might be:

  • Read through the list of themes and the descriptions of what each teacher is interested in and decide on a clip to work on.
  • Watch it through together without stopping the clip.
  • Spend some time, individually, at first and then in 2s or 3s to decide on the issues which you feel it raises.
  • Share and discuss these issues as a whole group.

  • Choose from the prompts offered to help you work on specific issues that interest you.
  • Re-visit bits of the video clip as appropriate.

Ultimately, the success of any professional development session will depend on whether some idea, theme or practical strategy strikes a chord with you and whether you are stimulated to try something out in your own classroom. So in addition to the particular prompts and discussion points offered in each of the sections, there are two general questions which it would be worth considering whatever clip you use:

  • What has struck a chord for you while watching the clip and discussing it?
  • What will you try out in your own practice?

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James Knightbridge, Blandford School
Sue Briggs, The Castle School
Tom Rainbow, Ivybridge Community College
Debbie Weible, Oldway Primary School
Chris Slaughter, Kingsbridge Primary School
Tim Browse, Teyfant Community School
Sue Rayner, Yeo Moor Infants School

The importance of considering actions in word problems


The importance of children drawing their own pictures 


Mathematics as a creative discipline


Encouraging rich child-initiated activity


Students feeling positive about how they learn


Children making their own decisions when solving problems


Questioning to encourage deep mathematical thinking