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No Pupil Opt Out

17 Feb 2020

"The strategy got me thinking about my interaction with the children, and made some of the children more alert."

What I wanted to improve

Some Year 2 children let the Year 1 children take the lead. e.g. The Year 2s sit back, don't volunteer answers to questions during carpet time or they let others do the work when it is paired work or small group work. 

What would Utopia look like?

Engaged, motivated and enthusiastic learners who want to succeed. An air of healthy competitiveness.

Solution

The strategy that I used was No Pupil Opt Out by Doug Lemov.

What would success in 6 weeks look like?

  1. Children will be motivated and confident to put thier hand up to answer questions during carpet sessions
  2. Children will take the lead rather than waiting for others to do so

How did I approach it?

If a child doesn't know the answer, go back to them once the answer has been revealed, getting them to repeat it.

Who is the target of your research?

A small group of Year 2s. 

Results and Conclusions

Success criteria

Star Rating

Children will be motivated and confident to put their hand up to answer questions during carpet sessions

3.5/5

Children will take the lead ratehr than waiting for others to do so

3.5/5

How did you personally feel about the process?

I have found it easier as time has gone on to remember to include the initiative into my daily teaching.

How did the pupils' react to the initiative?

To begin with the children looked blank, however it has encouraged some of them to be alert and ready to respond.

Overall Rating - 3.5/5

I hope to keep using this strategy with pupils


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