Engaging learners in discussion: some important strategies for plenaries. The study in context.
This study looked at how interactive classrooms operate and the strategies teachers employ to support pupils’ shared and individual learning e.g. through the use of exploration and discussion. Many of these strategies will be important for teachers wishing to make the most effective use of plenaries.
- Teacher: Ok ready three, two, one, show me, brilliant, [pupil’s name] read it out for me please.
- Pupil: Four…four hundred and twenty thousand.
- Teacher: [Pupil] thinks she’s got four hundred and twenty thousand, anybody want to disagree?
- Pupil: You could rotate it [a shape] and then that would fit.
- Teacher: Ooh rotate it then
- Pupil: Ok, ehm right [laughs]... pause as pupil tries to draw rotated shape
- Teacher: It is a bit tricky isn’t it? Can you on the whiteboards in front of you try and rotate the shape? [teacher opens the task to the whole class]
- Pupil: You know when you times it by 20, you do two 10s.
- Pupil: Double it.