#UKEdChat Session 410 – Thursday 28th June 2018
It often feel as though we only just get going on a topic when it is time to move on to the next one. A veritable buffet of learning. A wide range of knowledge, skills and understanding is important, but so is depth. Afterall, a little bit of knowledge can be a dangerous thing, in that if we believed we have ‘covered it’ pupils may feel they know everything about a topic and never return to it. Box ticked!
In this session of #UKEdChat, we will discuss how to balance depth and breadth, as well as possible ways to get both, and how teachers can dig deep into unfamilar topics.
- Do you feel restricted by the time you have to teach the curriculum?
- Do you feel your school/department has the balance right between a wide curriculum and looking at topics at suffient depth?
- Which topics would you like to teach in more details, and what would that look like in your own classroom?
- Are there any topics which you think you teach in too much detail currently?
- How can we ensure that learning is scaffolded on prior knowledge/skill to achieve greater depth?
- Are there disadvantages to aiming for deeper learning? Is deeper learning required for assessments?
- Describe a time when you successfully took learning deeper.
- How can we ensure that teacher CPD focuses on deeper understanding, rather than a quick fix?