Piper's Hill College
The first meeting of the Teaching and Learning Club in Piper's Hill College took place on Wednesday, 13th September. Twenty five teachers attended, representing a wide range of subjects and our first strategy to trial for the month of September is the 'No Hands Up, Lollypop Stick Technique".
Walk into a classroom almost anywhere in the world, and you will see the same script being played out. The teacher asks a question, and a number of students raise their hands to signal they wish to respond. Then, the teacher almost always selects one of the students with his or her hand raised, and that student responds to the question.
But if the aim of questioning is to help the teacher find out what the students know, it makes little sense to select a respondent from the volunteers, because generally, students only raise their hands when they are confident they have the correct answer. Instead, if the teacher is asking the question, students should be given time to think about the question, and then it should be the teacher who selects the student or students to respond, at random.
Armed with Lollypop Sticks, our teachers will trial this method in their classrooms during September as an Assessment for Learning Strategy that will involve all students in the class.