Developing independence in lessons
In order to develop independence in my pupils with SEND, I use the strategy of allowing pupils choice and giving them responsibility within their learning. At first this seemed quite daunting and risky as it felt like I was relinquishing control. However, I have begun to ask pupils how confident they are with a topic and encourage them to choose their own ‘starting point’ activity. By having different challenge-level tasks or resources around the room for pupils to access, I can spend more time questioning, explaining and discussing elements with the least confident, as well as being able to carry out ongoing assessment of all pupils. Pupils can upgrade or downgrade their challenge once they begin, depending on how easy or hard they find it and I can advise them on this too. Not only have I found this a great way for pupils to learn, it is also helping to develop independence and resilience within all learners, which I consider to be one of my key responsibilities as a teacher.
Name of person submitting information: Hannah Ogden
Role: History and Geography Teacher
Age Range: 11-16
Number on Roll: 600-1000