What is the simplest way of doubling the effectiveness of every lesson your colleagues teach?

It is a simple fact of life that virtually anything we do could be done better.

If one had had a little more time to prepare or a little more understanding of the pitfalls into which we might fall… then it could all have gone a little more effectively.

And indeed, it (whatever it was) might not have been just a little bit more effective, but quite possibly far more than that.

When seen in this regard lessons are no different from anything else.

This is because the enhanced effectiveness of each lesson comes in two ways. First, the lesson itself becomes more effective as a teaching tool. And second, well, there is a second, but I’ll leave that for a moment.

What we are talking about here is the Lesson Recorder – a system that not only records the teacher teaching the lesson, but also shows the PowerPoint display, the interactive whiteboard, and any other such devices that are utilised during the class.

As such the full lesson is recorded – and of course, because the teacher knows in advance that this will happen, your colleague will inevitably make this lesson one that is that extra bit special.

But it is once the recording is made that the Lesson Recorder really delivers school improvement.

Firstly, students can access the recording from the school’s VLE through their normal log-in and thus use the lesson itself as part of their revision. Anything that was in the lesson which they missed first time round will be available for them. And should they have been away from school through illness, this provides them with a simple way to catch up.

Secondly, you, the head of CPD, or any other suitably qualified colleague can review the lesson with the teacher as part of the professional training programme within the school. What’s more, because the recording is complete in terms of all the aspects of the lesson, it will be a perfect piece of evidence to offer to the inspectorate, should they wish to see it.

The outcome of all this activity is, of course, better teaching and learning. Your colleagues improve their practice, while your students are delivered ever improving lessons to which they have access at any time once the lesson has been taught.

There is more information on the Lesson Recorder on our website.

You can also find out more by calling Lesson Recorder on 01793 978 785 or by emailing dstewart@lessonrecorder.co.uk I look forward to hearing from you.

Budgeting: free KS4 Business resources!

To help you introduce your students to the topic of budgeting, we’ve provided a set of free Boardworks resources, which are available to download from our website!

Taken from our KS4 Business Studies product, these resources are ideal for introducing the concept of budgets within businesses. Along with a clear breakdown of the reasons why budgeting is important for organisation and planning, the resources feature the following three interactive slides:

  • A find-the-missing-word activity on the benefits of budgeting;
  • A helpful animation on the process of creating a budget;
  • A drag-and-drop task on the similarities between budgets and cash flow forecasts.

Visit our Business free stuff page to download these resources today!


The Boardworks Business Team

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