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Twenty teaching and learning strategies that work

Every moment counts in the classroom, but what really works when it comes to teaching and learning? Where should we focus our efforts? Steve Burnage offers 20 teaching and learning strategies that really work


No teacher has ever had time to waste in the classroom and now, more than ever, it is vital that our teaching has direct positive impact on student learning, wellbeing, and progress. So, what really works in the classroom?

Here are 20 teaching and learning strategies that I know can work effectively. Before you get started, readers may also like to check-out SecEd’s recent podcast on quality first teaching, which offers a range of advice echoing many of the themes you will find below (SecEd, 2021).


Strategies 1-4: General principles

1, Effective lesson-planning: This need not be complex. All an effective lesson plan needs to do is to focus on three things: What you want your students to learn (the learning objectives). How they will learn (the learning activities and content). How you will know they have learned (the learning outcomes).

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