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Becoming Educated

Mar 7, 2022

Michael Chiles began as a geography teacher, head of department and senior leader with responsiblity for teaching and learning. Michael is now a head of department at a school in the north west of England. Michael is the author of three books including 'The Sweet Spot: Explaining and Modelling with Precision'

We discuss the following and much much more:

What teachers should consider when planning their classroom layout

What we should consider when planning our wall displays as 'paying attention is a critical cog to enable learning'

Why our PowerPoints, the staple of our lessons, create cognitive overload

The importance of classroom culture

Why it is important to prepare for and be precise with our explanations

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