–@ASTsupportAAli hosted #ukedchat with the winning topic focusing on, “What measurable initiatives/strategies can CLASSROOM teachers do to ensure PP/SEN/FSM students do well in their lessons?”
[pullquote]One persons inspiration is another persons boredom- differentiation is vital.[/pullquote]
The discussion was very active in which there was a lot debate and discussion about how exactly we deal students with these labels. What struck me and what compounds this problem of underachievement within these sub groups is the lack of consensus and consistency in teachers general approach.
Some individuals were outraged by labelling these students together, some felt their should be more labels. Others were not sure whether highlighting all these differing needs is actually helpful.
Some teachers thought to level up the playing field we should not set ANY homework!
I personally objected to a range of the ideas that teachers were coming up. Hosting the chat allowed me to challenge these viewpoints.
I suppose the problem could also be exaggerated by the lack of real direction/research that is known by teachers that factually details the measurable impact of interventions and strategies. (See the EEF research in this area.)
However, overall what was pleasing to see was that there are passionate teachers out there who value the achievement of all their students.
About your host:
My name is Amjad Ali and I am an Assistant Head Teacher- director of inclusion and an advanced skills teacher in learning and teaching. Follow me on @ASTSupportaali and check out my free toolkit- cheneyagilitytoolkit.blogspot.com