I spend a fair amount of my time covering people’s lessons – amazingly this isn’t simply for the joy of taking some pressure of my fellow colleagues. Covering lessons in other subjects is a great opportunity to see the type of work/learning that the students are doing and you can learn an awful lot about a class/teacher by spending an hour with them, especially in terms of the care that has gone into a cover lesson. It also is a chance to get glimpses of the great practice going on around the school so I hope over the year to post a few examples of the things I’ve learnt from . This time it’s an example from Drama where I covered KMS’s Y7 class.

A stretch and challenge wall of open activities from one of the Drama classrooms. A very useful tool to have for extending students beyond the main tasks

A stretch and challenge wall of open activities from one of the Drama classrooms. A very useful tool to have for extending students beyond the main tasks

The classroom is festooned with all sorts of stimuli and interesting nuggets (including the post-it notes I wrote about in the feedback post yesterday). Then on one wall this caught my eye – it’s a range of stretch and challenge activities, themselves graded into Gold, Silver and Bronze in terms of levels of challenge. Students self-select the level of challenge, unclip them when needed and work on the task independently. It might even be related to the targets the students set themselves in Drama. I imagine it is extremely useful in a subject like Drama where tasks can be very open-ended and students start with a very wide range of prior experiences. I have seen similar things in Maths and Science, and will post about these later, and is another great example of teachers using wall space as an opportunity to promote learning.