“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
“Learning is like rowing upstream, not to advance is to drop back.”
Chinese Proverbs – Dates unknown
At Poringland Primary School and Nursery, we are constantly thinking about how we can improve the standard and quality of our teaching. This academic year, we started a new teaching project called Team Teach. Team Teach enables all the teachers to work in pairs. Teachers have time to plan a lesson, they then teach it together, and finally, with the help of feedback from the children, they evaluate the success of this process. We use the latest criteria for ‘outstanding’ teaching and focus on one or two of these areas specifically in the lesson. The two quotes above focus on two key aspects of teaching at Poringland: first that we involve the children in their learning, and make sure they feel part of the experience, and second, that good learning is about progressing the mind. We want children to learn and progress actively in every lesson that they are learning in.