Dixons Allerton Academy

Teaching and Learning Bulletin

Our weekly bulletin...

Each week, the Learning Team will circulate a bulletin covering all things Teaching and Learning at the Academy. Principally, the purpose of the bulletin is to keep all staff updated in terms of all the T&L news at DAA, as well as key events for your diaries connected with T&L.

Week 2 Focus: bread and butter- using questioning to enhance learning

What's in it for me?

Putting it simply:

  • A means of building trust and participation within your lesson
  • A straightforward method of demonstrating differentiation and progress in lessons

Socratic Method

Apologies- this has nothing to do with football, but it's infinitely preferable to have a picture of a footballing legend here (named after the famous philosopher).

The Socratic Method offers us a useful way of focussing upon the questions we ask our students, keeping in mind the intended outcome.

It is a means of ensuring that students clarify their own thinking on a given topic; questions you can ask actually range from simple clarification up to higher level questions in order to probe reasoning behind a given response. More can be read here if you are interested in this...

Get the students to do the asking...

Originating from somewhere in Newcastle, this awesome resource offers students the opportunity to generate their own questions on a given topic.

To do this, simply combine any of the words on the grid's vertical line with words on the horizontal line, moving further along for deeper questions. Questions range from as simple as 'what is...?' up to 'how might?'

A version of this grid can be found here

Your very own box of tricks...

Bounce questioning – When given an incomplete answer, bounce the question to another student to improve and keep on bouncing until you have a complete answer.

Hinge question – These are vital to assessing progress. Hinge questions are questions that are points in the lesson that you assess students’ progress to decide whether you can move on with the lesson or need to revisit the key learning points.

3B4 answer – Ask three students the same question then ask the rest of the class the answer that they think is the best and why.

Think, Pair, Share – Ask students for their answer first, then ask students to share with their learning partner, then put two pairs together and ask all students to decide their best answer.

Sticks – Write students names on lollipop sticks. Draw sticks out at random – no hands up rule in action and means all students have to have an answer.

Essential Reading for Questioning Teachers...

Dates for your diary...

DAA Literacy Teachmeet

Thursday, Oct. 3rd 2013 at 4-6:30pm

Learning Commons, DAA

On Thursday 3rd October, teachers are invited to take part in the first official Teachmeet at Dixons Allerton Academy. Teachers from around Leeds and Bradford are coming to see our new building for the first time to share ideas in relation to an age old problem...

‘How can we encourage individual reading and writing styles in our students?’

To sign up, please add your details here. If you don’t want to do a talk, that’s fine, just leave the last column blank!

Blogging and Weebly as an E-Learning Launchpad

Thursday, Oct. 3rd 2013 at 3:45-5pm


This workshop will offer you the chance to setup your own free e-classroom in order for students to access key materials and support both in and out of the classroom

Hosted by ASA and DCR

Advanced Whiteboarding...

Thursday, Nov. 7th 2013 at 3:45-5pm


Hosted by SOR/PBS, this workshop will offer the staff the chance to take their whiteboard and visualiser skills further to enhance the learning in your classroom.

Taxonomy of Errors for Leaner (not Meaner!) Feedback

Thursday, Nov. 28th 2013 at 3:30-5pm


Hosted by ASA/DCR, this workshop will demonstrate a new method of feeding back to your classes to make life easier and more efficient for your own teaching, and, more importantly, enhance the independence of your students in terms of acting on feedback and moving forward.

The Learning Team

Danny Carr (AHT)

Andy Sammons

Kiran Ali

Emma Butterworth

Carolyn Shaw