Teaching and Learning Newsletter Archive

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NEW!  Issue 13 Developing professional practice through peer collaboration
Examples of Teaching and Learning Projects at City Lit from the last three years.

Previous issues:

Issue 12: Questioning

Teachers use questions all the time. This issue explores the purposes of questioning and techniques for asking them.

Issue 11 Creating an Inclusive Classroom

This issue offers some strategies for supporting learners with learning difficulties, disabilities or hearing impairment.

Issue 10 The Challenge of Differentiation

Ways of planning so all your learners achieve. This issue covers the principles of differentiation, and examples of practice from teachers across City Lit.

Issue 9 Supporting English and Maths

What do we mean by supporting English and Maths on courses that are not about English and Maths!  City Lit staff give some examples of how they can adapt their teaching to support people with these key skills in an adult way. 

Issue 8 Promoting Diversity

What does it mean to ‘ promote diversity’ in teaching.   How does this relate to Equality legislation?  In this issue, teachers give examples of how they  promote an understanding of diversity in their teaching.

Issue 7 Learning outcomes and punctuality

Why are learning outcomes important and how do we write them? How can we get all adult learners to be on time for their classes? Also improving the learning environment and getting credit for your teaching experience.

Issue 6 RARPA and you

What are the stages of RARPA (Recognising and Recording Progress and Achievement)?  Why do we need to follow the stages and record our students progress?  This newsletter includes a pull out  section of  ideas, linked to the City Lit website.  RARPA can be messy!

Issue 5 Bridging the gap between teaching and learning

Teaching something does not necessarily result in learning.  This newsletter explores the vital role of informal assessment and giving constructive feedback in ensuring learner progress and achievement.

Issue 4 Finding out about our learners – initial assessment in adult learning

Initial assessment is vital on any course of any length in order to find out learners’ starting points.  This newsletter explores ways of doing this informally on non accredited courses.

Issue 3 Helping students retain information over time – the importance of recaps

Regular recaps ensures learning moves from our students’ short term to long term memories.  This newsletter unpacks the theory and gives some tips.

Issue 2 Keeping student attention

The internet is reducing all our attention spans:  this newsletter discusses how keeping students active ensures full engagement in learning.

Issue 1 Questioning – a fundamental tool for teachers

 Explores the value of questioning, and the principles behind this core teaching skill -  including use of ‘wait time’ and ‘no shout out’.