Listening to pupils
Children are naturally curious about the world around them. How does wise Dawi respond to Ibrahim's questions to help develop his understanding about plants? Pupils' questions tell us a lot about their understanding and what they are interested in. Do you allow time for your pupils to ask questions in different subjects across the curriculum?
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Catch the thief:
What does teacher Florence learn about her pupils in this drama? Listen to the drama again. How does teacher Florence allow her pupils to share and explain their thinking about how they caught the thief? This is important in developing the pupils' thinking skills. How could you do this in your Mathematics lesson? Or Science lesson?
As you listen to this short drama, try to answer this question: what does Jude learn about himself from the incident with his car? Think about your class. When have you been surprised by what your pupils can do? How could you give your pupils (them) more opportunities to show their knowledge and skills to you and each other?
The eye witness:
Our pupils are very observant and often have creative and interesting ideas to express. What happens to teacher Kwame when he stops (closes down) the discussion with his pupils? It is important to give pupils the opportunity to talk and not to always try to control when they are able to contribute their ideas. Do you allow your pupils time in the class to make comments and ask questions?