AifL Part 7 - Learning is the Work

Look at the individual activity you
completed earlier. Use the question stems
to devise some higher order thinking
questions linked to the learning intention
and success criteria you came up with.
Share your thinking with a partner.
Effective Strategies
Wait Time
Increasing wait time can be achieved by :
• Indicating the thinking time and asking for
no hands up until the time is up.
• Asking for talking partner discussions for
a given period of time before taking
• Asking children to jot their thoughts on a
whiteboard/paper for a given period of
time before taking responses
• Simply leaving more time for processing to
take place – (Easier said than done!)
Extending wait time leads to the
Answers are longer
Failure to respond decreases
Responses are more confident
Children challenge and/or improve the
answers of other children
• More alternative explanations are
No Hands Up
• Everyone is accountable
• Raises the focus in the class
• Gives everyone a chance
Talking Partners
• Allows pupils to think, articulate and
extend their learning.
• Shy, less confident pupils have a voice
and over confident pupils have to learn
to listen to others.
• Allows pupils to ‘test drive’ their
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Hands Down
Tell pupils they should only raise their
hand to ask a question, not to answer one.
The teacher then chooses pupils to
answer, therefore gaining information on
whether everyone is learning. – fruit machine
programme on here where you can input
names, save it and play it to choose pupils
at random.
Write names on lollipop sticks and pull out
at random to answer.
Write numbers on balls or counters that
tally to register or seating position and reuse with every class.
An Aifl classroom…look like??
Traffic light trays
Lollipop sticks, ping pong balls, characters
Show me boards
Coloured cups
Question trees
Plenaries – mid point and end – plenary producer
Exit passes
Learning intentions and success criteria displayed and evidence
of generation by pupils
• Differentiated success criteria
• Feedback on written work to include a question
• Homework tasks include generating questions
• Plenaries are given due time – may be given as a homework task.
• Some Things to think about ?
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When questioning, insert the word
‘might’ to give students greater
opportunity to think and explore
possible answers.
What is meaning of democracy?
What might the meaning of
democracy be?
The first infers a single answer known
by the teacher whereas the second is
inherently more open.
What might the
Great Depression
look like today?

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