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Destinations icon Teaching Backwards: Defining and De-mystifying the Destination

At the heart of teaching backwards is a thinking process that requires teachers to plan and teach backwards from a clear and …

Starting points icon Teaching Backwards: Starting Points

If you are going to plan a journey, you need to be clear on your own starting point before you consider …

Measure impact Starting with the end in mind

Our article for Osiris Staffroom Magazine (Spring 2015) introduces two of the key issues from our book ‘Teaching Backwards‘, that …

Untitled Level Up Explaining

Explaining is a key skill in the armoury of teachers.  Yet it is often hugely underrated.  The better you are …

photo 1 Level Up Questioning For Proof

Teachers need to have a variety of proof seeking questions in their questioning arsenal.  Used regularly, they help teachers to avoid …

photo 1 Level Up Class Induction

From experience, many teachers know the usefulness of inducting their new class.  Some of the suggestions below will help teachers to …

The learning pit Level Up Resilience

Being able to cope with, and overcome, difficulty and challenge is one of the key elements in becoming a successful …

learner clarity Level Up Learner Clarity

The more clarity learners have about what to do, how to do it, and what the final outcome should look …

lesson openers Level Up Lesson Openers

Psychologists have coined the expression the ‘primacy effect’ for the way the human brain has an uncanny knack of having …

teaching backwards orange Teaching Backwards

‘Teaching Backwards’ by Andy Griffith and Mark Burns.  The follow-up to the best-selling Outstanding Teaching: Engaging Learners. In an era when schools …

playfulness Level Up Playfulness

By playful we mean creative strategies which help learners explore and interact with their learning. Playfulness often stimulates fun, which …

mindsets Level Up Mindsets

Learners with a fixed mindset wants to ‘look smart’ even if it means not learning a thing in the process. …

photo-3-300x225 Level Up Curiosity

Curiosity can be aroused in many ways, such as stimulating questions, teases, predictions, wonder and even awe. It is particularly …

metacognition Level Up Meta-Cognition

Meta-cognition entails an awareness of your own thinking.  The strategies in this 4by4 help train learners to become better thinkers, …

Untitled MALIT – MARK BURNS

Mark talks about how his dynamic work helps schools and teachers improve their own teaching.