*The image above is a model from an Art lesson on drawing animals using sketching techniques. What difference do ‘models’ make to learning? First, they give them an achievable vision of excellence. Okay, they can watch the teacher model, but that’s not as achievable in an eleven-year-old’s head. You’re a teacher, they’re the pupil. You’re… Continue reading The Power of a Model (2)
Since becoming a teacher, I’ve become a model curator, a model collector, something of an obsessive hoarder of top-quality pupil work. I’ve realised that this strange fixation is actually a really good thing. It’s actually raised the bar and the quality of my teaching no end. What is a model? Before I continue, the term… Continue reading The Power of a Model (1)
Just like playing football isn’t possible without a decent pair of boots and shin pads…great modelling needs a great toolkit! Here’s four things I use all the time – is there any you would add?
“Where was the modelling in that lesson?” asked a colleague who observed my teaching in my first few weeks. After she spoke, I searched my brain for an adequate answer to this question and found nothing…I didn’t really know what it meant, not in the classroom anyway.