Using a visualiser (aka Show Call as @Doug_Lemov names it in TLAC) is really improving my teaching.

I’ve been using it to build accountability this week. I’m picking on any book at any moment and showing your work to the class. Powerful incentive to always do your best.
As my colleague @dugganmrsc explains better than I can: “I have been taken aback by how young people are motivated by the potential for their work to be shared under the visualiser – far more than by reward points.”

I’ve improved by watching great teachers use a visualiser.
When the work is up there it is about normalising improvement from feedback. Taking time as a class to consider a sentence and think about: vocabulary choices; sentence structure; subject knowledge.
It models excellence but in a far more powerful way than a pre-prepared WAGOLL. It really allows for deep metacognition - thinking about our learning.
It’s not just for written work:

Modelling drawing techniques

Annotating practical instructions

Deconstructing a piece of text whilst reading together
A pre-prepared PowerPoint can make a proactive start to teaching - photographs of work from last lesson to address common mistakes and misconceptions.

The visualiser keeps the lesson reactive to what is happening. If you spot those mistakes during the lesson you can fix them!
When you’ve spent a decade or more with the security of a lesson on a PowerPoint I’m not underestimating the courage needed to change. Need to be brave to pick on any book.

However, modelling of the expert thought processes is something the children need to see.
Two proud moments today...

1. Overhearing a child in class whisper - “remember to do your neatest writing because he picks work to put on the board.” Show Call in action @Doug_Lemov 😊

2. @LoopyGeogger adjusting a lesson because of this masterpiece thread. 😊
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Colleague observed me teach today. Amazed by how willing kids were to have work shared under visualiser for such public (but constructive) criticism. Went against how she thought kids would react to that.

Candour is kind if the culture is right.
About to set off on a lap of the room to check for understanding.

I said I would select 3 books to show under the visualiser.

Spirited boy (on report) shouts out “well I better get a purple pen out then and check my punctuation and spellings to make sure it is perfect.”
There was no sarcasm - genuine.

I did mark his card down for shouting out and interrupting obvs. It’s unkind to others and standards are best kept high.

Show Call holds everyone to account.

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