Author Archives: Darren Leslie

Does your classroom environment hinder learning?

In Jamie Thom’s (2018) book ‘Slow Teaching’ he describes the classroom arena as a teachers space where they project powerful subliminal messages to those that enter. Each teachers classroom is a representation of them and their ideals for learning and teaching. Some teachers will have heavily decorated walls that have scores of students work amongst […]

Is questioning the number one skill of a teacher?

For the past few years I have set a target to myself each academic session to improve my use of questioning. Realising that I have set this goal every year with little progress has made me dig a little deeper, into my own practice and into the research on questioning techniques in classrooms. Research tells […]

Talking about ‘Retrieval Practice’

For the past few years I have began lessons in the senior phase by using my randomiser to ask young people to recall knowledge. I can’t remember when I started doing this but I feel it has made an impact on my learners abilities to bring information to the front of their mind quickly. After […]