This week I’d like to share with you a teaching strategy that I was first introduced to in my first year of teaching and that I find helps to focus my students during a lesson.
When planning my lessons I always set a few learning objectives that I hope my students will be able to achieve by the end of the lesson. I think it’s also important to share these with your students.
This is where WILF and TIB come in. These are acronyms, so WILF is short for – what I’m looking for and for TIB is short for – this is because.
I have these posters displayed at the front of the room where the students can see them and refer to during a lesson. At the beginning of the lesson I would discuss what we would be doing and then share with my students what I thought was the key focus of the lesson.
For example, I have spent quite a bit of time on sentence structure, but I’ve found my students still forget to use capital letters. I would write next to my WILF poster, what I’m looking for is that you use a capital letter to start each sentence in your story. Then next to my TIB poster, this is because it helps me to read your writing more easily when you use capital letters.
I think these posters act as a handy reminder for your students. When you have finished your lesson you can get your students to reflect on how they did according to the focus you set. So with the example I mentioned I have then asked my students to read back through their writing and check each sentence to ensure there was a capital letter. You can ask students if they achieved the objective – so all sentences had capital letters. If they did not, then it’s a good opportunity for the students to edit their writing.
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