Resource 3: List of TESS-India key resources and OERs
- Planning lessons: For students to learn effectively, teachers need to plan activities that build on what their students already know. This key resource offers approaches and actions to take when lesson planning in order to advance students’ learning.
- Involving all: To ensure that all students have opportunities to participate in classroom activities, teachers need to know their students, what they know and how they know it. This key resource offers ideas for ways to make learning opportunities available to all students.
- Talk for learning: Creating opportunities for students to talk to one another and to their teacher is essential to support learning. Students share their understanding through talk and relate this to new learning. Talk is important for students of all ages. This key resource illustrates how teachers can organise opportunities for students to engage in productive talk in the classroom.
- Using pair work: Pair work enables students to learn from each other by negotiating what they understand and communicating it to each other. This key resource offers ideas of how pair work can be used effectively to support learning with students of all ages and in all subjects.
- Using open questioning to promote thinking: Asking good questions is a key skill for teachers. Open questions can prompt students’ thinking. Such questions also help teachers learn what their students know. This key resource gives teachers ideas to use different sorts of questions to extend their students’ thinking, while also listening carefully to their answers.
- Monitoring and giving feedback: This key resource encourages teachers to observe and guide student learning by listening carefully to student talk and the understanding they are developing from it before intervening with questions to prompt thinking.
- Using groupwork: Organising students to work in groups offers them opportunities to build on each other’s ideas and develop their understanding. This key resource offers some ways that teachers can organise students into groups for different activities.
- Assessing progress and performance: Assessment of student progress provides teachers with the evidence that they need to plan the next learning opportunity for each of their students. This key resource explains different types of assessment and examines how assessment can be undertaken before, during and after instruction.
- Using local resources: Resources can create authenticity in activities by making learning familiar and meaningful to students. Resources help students to move from objects (such as segments of fruit and counters) to symbols (such as numbers or fractions) in ways that make sense to them. Using resources creatively thus makes learning activities more motivating and relevant to students.
- Storytelling, songs, role play and drama: This key resource offers examples of how teachers can use storytelling, songs, role play and drama across a range of curriculum areas to actively engage students in developing ideas and knowledge with each other.
Clickfor Table R3.1 Key resources and videos in the Secondary English OERs.
Click here for Table R3.2 Key resources and videos in the Secondary Maths OERs.
Click here for Table R3.3 Key resources and videos in the Secondary Science OERs.