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BBC Radio 4  - Claudia Hammond presents the history of psychology series which examines the work of the people who have changed our understanding of the human mind. This week she interviews Carol Dweck, who identified that individuals tend towards a fixed or a growth mindset regarding what they can learn and achieve. She also showed that a fixed mindset can be changed, and that once people adopt a […]

More able and talented learners require opportunities that offer stretch and challenge. They like to understand ‘the big picture’; to know the context and purpose of their learning. Investigative tasks where outcomes are not fixed or limited provide valuable and stimulating learning experiences. These opportunities can be provided by offering experiences that provide breadth of learning and go beyond the prescribed curriculum. Providing more able and talented learners with these types ofenrichment activities […]

The phrase ‘think about it’ is often heard in the classroom, but if learners are not taught how to think, how do they know what is expected of them? Thinking skills are comprised of different types of cognition; information processing, enquiry, creative thinking and reasoning. Schools take different approaches to teaching thinking skills, either introducing them within the curriculum as a discrete unit, or instituting them through the use of […]

More able and talented learners need and enjoy variety and challenge. This requires that lessons be variously differentiated by: outcome (learning objective) task process (the method of teaching) pupil grouping tailoring the content of the lesson for the individual (personalised learning agenda) provision (access to specialists) choice and self-direction learning style. These enrichment activities may be delivered by the school, by experts or be extra curricular. It is important however, […]

“Good learning starts with questions, not answers”. Guy Claxton, Professor in Education and Director of CLIO Development University of Bristol. Questioning enables teachers to check learners’ understanding. It also benefits learners as it encourages engagement and focuses their thinking on key concepts and ideas. This questioning needs to inspire more able and talented learners to embrace cognitive thought at a higher level and is easier to achieve when using open […]

RELEVANT DOCUMENTS AND LINKS Managing and developing the learning culture – Consider how to cultivate the most effective learning environment possible with the ideas presented in this document. Mentoring more able and talented students – Reasons for mentoring MAT students as well as a key to successful mentoring.  – BBC Radio 4 – Mind Changers, Carol Dweck and Growth Mindset

The most effective lessons for more able and talented learners are those that are planned. Here is some useful guidance for lesson content: breadth – going beyond the prescribed curriculum depth – within the curriculum and increasing the level of challenge acceleration – covering work quicker than others independence – link to personalised learning agenda reflection – making understanding explicit The lesson structure should display key teaching skills: differentiating work setting […]

Teachers need to respond to the learning styles of their students. Failure to take consideration of these differences can lead to a curriculum that is neither accessible nor engaging. How do you acknowledge different learning styles in the way that you teach? Those who understand how their pupils learn best are likely to provide effective and interesting lessons that encourage independence. Recognising one’s own learning style helps to influence the […]

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