An English teacher at a Secondary School in the UK. * Sharing and questioning the day job. * I teach KS3/4/5.
* Looking for inspiration and motivation, to share with others. * Looking to constantly improve and grow. * On Twitter at @MissBex_M *
University of Cambridge researchers studied the effects of hiding children’s eyes on their feelings of invisibility, and discovered some very interesting things about how young kids view their “self” versus their “body”, which you should check out.
“… it would seem that children apply the principle of joint attention to the self and assume that for somebody to be perceived, experience must be shared and mutually known to be shared, as it is when two pairs of eyes meet.”
Apparently kids only exist when you make eye contact with them. Remember that when you don’t want them to feel invisible.
It is essential that pupils have the opportunity to interact and engage with texts and move beyond literal comprehension. They need to consider questions that require them to deduce, infer, justify and evaluate.
Literal questions: repeating directly, or in own words what the text…
A group of researchers has published a study in Perspectives on Psychological Science linking student boredom to feelings of stress. While it’s still important for teachers to create a stimulating and engaging environment, students might have some internal emotion or frustration causing their boredom.
These could easily be adapted to other levels as well. (If you’re unfamiliar with Marzano Questions: In a sentence, it’s a modified version of Bloom’s Taxonomy.)
Here are the questions that I created using Marzano’s stems. Feel free to print these out or change them up to work for you in your classroom. I plan on throwing in some specific questions for each piece of literature that we read, but this is a great place to start. Here’s how I imagine using these stems – each student gets to pick a question and answer it. Then we can do a Turn and Talk where partners discuss their questions and answers. Then we can bring it back to a whole class discussion where in a Round Robin, each student shares their question and answer. Other students can take notes on the question and their own thoughts to be shared as well.