Traditional Classrooms (03:49)
At Hertswood School education expert Dylan Wiliam works with teachers to help maximize their students learning by implementing new classroom procedures. The classroom experiment will take place in mathematics, geography, history and English classes; many comprehensives have mixed ability classrooms.
Classroom Observation (02:26)
Wiliam observes each class prior to the experiment; hand raising leads to fewer engaged students. More confident students raise their hands and sit in the front of the classroom in order to be more involved in class.
New Classroom Structure (01:53)
The technique Wiliam wishes to implement first is a no hands up policy; instead, teachers will use a randomization device to call on students. Several teachers are concerned the new system will lead to more class disruptions.
Randomized Questioning (07:01)
Mathematics is the most challenging subject to teach, and teacher Miss Obie becomes frustrated with how poorly the randomization device works. Wiliam explains this new technique is non-negotiable even if the teachers and students are unhappy with the immediate results.
Daily Physical Education (05:03)
Wiliams next technique is to implement a ten minute morning exercise routine in order to boost students focus throughout the day. Physical activity causes the release of chemicals in the brain causing more focus.
Change in the Classroom (04:20)
Since the introduction of the no hands up policy the teachers have struggled to control their classrooms; students have become frustrated because they are called on when they do not know the answer. Wiliam talks with the students who claim they prefer hands up to the randomization method.
Personalizing Classroom Techniques (03:32)
The English teacher has altered her randomization device for the needs of her students and classroom structure. This technique has changed the classroom dynamic, but the top students have not adjusted well to the change.
Morning Exercise Check-In (02:47)
Many students are not adjusting to the new morning exercise routine, and their lack of effort upsets the P.E. teachers and Wiliam.
Additional Techniques (05:17)
Wiliam wishes to implement All Student Response Systems into the classrooms; every student is giving a whiteboard as well as colored cups. With the red, green, and yellow cups the students can tell the teacher to stop, slow down, or keep moving with her lesson.
Silent Teacher-Student Communication (02:36)
In the English class, the tri-colored cups help the teacher and the students as they work through a written assignment. The new whiteboard technique allows all the students to answer questions in the classroom.
Basic Math Skills (03:25)
The tri-colored cups and whiteboards do not implement well into Miss Obie’s mathematics class; Wiliam believes the math students do not understand the basics, such as the order of operations.
Student Observers (06:51)
Miss Obie’s students are given observer training in order to provide her with feedback on her teaching methods; Wiliam believes students have remarkable insight into their own learning and should advise teachers.
Hands-On Exercise (02:57)
All students are given heart monitors and logbooks to track their progress as they commit to daily exercise. The French teacher has noticed his students, after the morning exercise, are more focused during his class.
Future of the Classroom Experiment (04:47)
Miss Obie classroom structure has improved as she implements the suggested techniques and ideas provided by her students. Halfway through the experiment, a student's name has gone missing from all randomization devices.
Credits: The Classroom Experiment (01:12)
Credits: The Classroom Experiment
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