Language in class: why a teacher is as good as their words

Teacher development should focus on what we say and how it’s understood in the classroom, argues Megan Dixon – and lesson observations are the place to start

Language makes a big difference

In 2014, Professor Robert Coe and colleagues suggested that if we are going to develop great teachers, it would be worth focusing our efforts on the aspects of teaching and learning where we might make the biggest difference.

What could those areas be? The top three interventions in the Education Endowment Foundation’s Teaching and Learning Toolkit are feedback; developing metacognition and self-regulation; and developing reading comprehension strategies. Fortunately, all three have an important and interesting strand running through them: the importance of words – the language we use, the ...

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