Inspirational Teaching Strategies


The practical guide to developing questioning skills, effective feedback, student independence and ensuring greater challenge
About this course

How confident are you that the questioning skills of both teachers and pupils are as strong as they could be?

Has improving feedback been raised as an area for improvement in a recent school inspection?

Do you want to do more to improve the quality of your pupils’ thinking skills to ensure that they are truly independent learners?

The ‘Big Four’ (questioning, feedback, independence and challenge) are the main-stay of outstanding quality teaching and learning the world over. The techniques shared on this day are designed to have maximum effect from minimum teacher input and many are easily applicable to the widest range of subject areas and age groups.

Course Outcomes:
  • Develop higher order questioning skills for both staff and students
  • Discover effective feedback techniques in all subjects that will ensure that students make greater progress over time
  • Learn ways to increase challenge in lessons and thus raise attainment
  • Extend your repertoire of effective ways to increase opportunities for independent learning
Course Outline:
20 Ways of Improving Teacher and Student Questioning Skills

Strategies for improving the quality of teacher questions

Techniques for improving the number and quality of student questions

Socratic questioning techniques and how they can be applied to different subjects

Questioning and new technology

20 Ways of Developing Effective Feedback to Ensure Improved ‘Progress Over Time’

Developing invaluable feedback dialogue between teacher and pupil

Effective use of lesson time to enhance teacher feedback opportunities

Strategies for improving peer and self-assessment

Feedback and new technology. Yes it works, but care is needed

20 Ways of Increasing Student Independence and Adding Greater Challenge to Lessons

Ways of supporting students in ‘learning how to learn’

Using thinking skills to improve independence and challenge

The ‘flipped classroom’

Twitter and student independence

Wendy Imperato

029 2071 1787
Mary Chapman

+44 (0)29 2071 1787

“The course was fantastic. It gave me a real push to use new techniques in the classroom that I hadn't thought of. The course leader was incredibly knowledgeable amd encouraged a discussion over just delivering a set talk.”

Teacher , Oxford International College

"The best inset I have been to in 28 years of teaching. Engaging, funny and her mix of presentation and hands-on exercises was excellent. I will recommend to colleagues."

Teacher , Bethany School

I don't usually rate speakers but you were absolutely fantastic! Great to hear you sharing this with us. Particularly like the way you linked to Science and the biology behind learning. Thanks.

Year 5 Teacher , British College La Cañada

"An excellent detailed and very enjoyable INSET. Thank you very much. Full of practical ideas to implement straight away."

Headteacher , Monmouth Schools Pre-Prep and Nursery

"A great pace and level of engagement, without the awkwardness that some group involvement training activities can have. Very knowledgable trainer, able to 'read' his audience well."

Teacher , St Saviours School Nigeria

"I had a fantastic time with the trainer. I am hoping I can keep the communication flowing with Dragonfly because there's a lot more to learn and share with other schools in my community."

Teacher , St Saviours School Nigeria

"Very Pacy. I can't wait to try all the examples of the ideas we were shown. Steve was very engaging and approachable and explained why these ideas work."

Head of Science , Emerson Park Academy