“I wasn’t sure the students knew the answers to your questions,” I was once told in lesson-observation feedback. “It was like they were… grappling.”
“Isn’t the word ‘grapple’ in the Ofsted descriptor for outstanding?” I asked.
It was. And it still is there in the handbook.
For me, alarm bells are triggered when I see a classroom full of confident hands thrust up into the air.
At that point, you have found the lowest common denominator, removed all challenge, and reinforced that certainty is desirable.
I have a fantasy of a classroom culture where curiosity and uncertainty are kindled into ...
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