Teacher talk in history lessons

One of the bigger myths surrounding OFSTED and others who observe lessons is that teacher talk needs to be curtailed to free students to learn. You often hear the wry comment that pupils come to school to watch us work. Teachers regularly complain that their lessons were criticised for too much teacher talk. All I want to add at this stage is to consider the purpose of teacher talk. As John Hattie said recently, it is likely that there will be more teacher talk in history at the start of a topic so that deeper learning can then follow. Too many young teachers fail to adequately contextualise the learning so that activity predominates and learning remains stubbornly shallow.More to follow on this theme.

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