Designing a Responsive Classroom

Bedford, Alison ORCID: and Kann, Emma (2020) Designing a Responsive Classroom. In: 2020 QHTA State E-Conference: History: Where Next?, 27 June 2020, Virtual Conference.


This paper outlines the lesson planning framework we designed to make the historical inquiry process explicit and how we then tailored this to the specific needs of our young historians through the adoption of a consultative interactive cycle which shaped our teaching practice. We will outline how our inquiry-driven framework uses visual cues and explicit skill identification to support students in quickly mastering the language of the history syllabus and how a student-centred collaborative approach to learning informs our lesson design. This includes the use of explicit phases in learning, elements of Visible Learning, and a focus on developing a ‘cohort collaboration culture’. We will then share how we engaged in a series of cohort consultations to reflect upon and refine learning experience design to maximise efficacy and engagement. Through the use of a series of Reflection activities, students were able to self-identify areas of strength and weakness and provide feedback on how effective and engaging they found different types of learning experiences. We then undertook an interactive cycle where we trialled three of the most popular modes of content delivery which allowed us to further refine how we move through our inquiry-driven unit framework to genuinely cater to the needs of our students and give them the best chance of growth and success in their study of History.

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Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2022 01:39
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2022 03:20
Uncontrolled Keywords: pedagogy, inquiry, history, secondary education
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390306 Secondary education
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390107 Humanities and social sciences curriculum and pedagogy (excl. economics, business and management)
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1601 Learner and learning > 160105 Secondary education
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1603 Teaching and curriculum > 160302 Pedagogy

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