Reflection is at the heart of Craig’n’Dave
All resource publishers want to give you the tools to deliver successful lessons. Unfortunately, too many providers cannot tell you about the pedagogy underpinning them.
Having spent six years leading teacher training in ICT and Computer Science at the University of Gloucestershire, plus a combined thirty years in the classroom, Craig and Dave have developed a pedagogical confidence in their teaching. Not every teacher will agree with our thinking or approaches, but we have thought very carefully about HOW we teach and WHY we teach in particular ways. Too often teachers are preoccupied with WHAT they are teaching without underpinning their methodologies by asking themselves why they deliver lessons the way they do. This leaves you vulnerable, not just to under-performance of students, but criticism from those observing your lessons if you just use resources without questioning how you should be using them. CraignDave was borne out of our desire to be reflective. We challenge each other to teach the best possible lessons. Asking, “why do you deliver this in that way?” It caused us to take a step back and ask ourselves, “what is the point of this lesson?”, “what is this lesson really trying to achieve?” and, “how can we maximise student success and enjoyment?”
It is important for any teacher delivering lessons with Craig’n’Dave resources to understand the sound pedagogy behind them. We evidence success with what students themselves say about our lessons and the results they achieve. We don’t believe in applying educational initiatives simply because you are told to. We believe in personal reflection, collaboration, using those techniques proven to be successful and those that have stood the test of time. Too many school leaders attempt to introduce new initiatives without thinking deeply enough about what you are trying to achieve in the classroom. Even Ofsted themselves have come around to a new way of thinking. It is no longer about a perceived way to teach, but whether what YOU do is successful or not.
There are many ways to deliver outstanding lessons, and our approach is not the only one. All teachers need to find what works for them and their students. That said, our pedagogy has a proven track record of success in better outcomes, better progress, better engagement, and far more responsible and independent learners.
Read what we have to say about each of these key principles of teaching.
CAS LONDON 2020 PRESENTATION
It was great to meet so many of you at the CAS London 2020 conference on 29th February. You can download our presentation here. If you missed the session, fear not, we will be recording it again for our YouTube channel soon.
Books we like
Pink, D. (2009) Drive: the surprising truth about what motivates us.
How can you motivate students and colleagues at school? As Daniel Pink explains in his paradigm shifting book, the true secret to high performance and satisfaction in today’s world is not to have targets, rewards and punishments, but instead to satisfy the deeply human need to direct our own lives, and to learn and create new things. Put the students in control of their own learning and watch what happens. This is exactly how Craig and Dave think and work.
Sherrington, T. (2019) Rosenshine’s principles in action.
Barak Rosenshine’s principles are recognised for their clarity and simplicity. In this book Tom Sherrington exemplifies how they can be put into practice in ordinary classrooms. Rosenshine’s principles are not new. That’s the beauty of them, they have stood the test of time. Some consider them, “basic teaching”, but the reflective teacher will use them regularly to evaluate the impact of their own lessons.