Consider moving the teacher’s desk to the back of the room, not the front.
In terms of collaboration, it will send the strong signal that ‘we’ are learning this and the focus becomes more on the material and less on the teacher. Difficult to do in shared classrooms, but if you have a base room, certainly worth a try.
Use a mouse clicker to advance slides or the like from the back.
This may also help get us away from the visual of all desks facing the front- which limits discussions and the sharing of ideas. By using groups, there can be a greater dynamic in terms of differentiation, as well as pupils supporting each other.
Mr B McHugh
Assistant Head of Years 10 and 11,
Head of Riverdale House/ Teacher of English
Green Lane | Harrogate | North Yorkshire | HG2 9JP
Tel: +44 ( 0 ) 1423 566358
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