I don’t particularly like the term pace when talking about teaching. ‘Good pace’ suggests that it is desirable to move through content as swiftly as possible during lessons which doesn’t necessarily translate into good progress. I have heard teachers comment on the pace of lessons many times and with a recent move to 50 minute lessons at our school, the notion of pace raised its head again. As an alternative to pace, I prefer the phrase efficient teaching. It’s not about getting through as much content as possible, it is about using the available time effectively to enhance learning and support good progress for all. In order to embed this notion of efficient teaching, it is essential that the term translates into everyday classroom practice.
Efficient teaching relates to maximising the use of time available. The amount of time available to deliver and redeliver content is finite and therefore it is essential that every opportunity is taken to use this time effectively.
As James Kerr highlights in Legacy “A vision without action is a dream.” Its all well and good introducing the idea of efficient teaching but without the How, it is just a an idea. So how can we ensure that teaching is efficient?
What does it look like on an everyday basis? Here are some ideas for ensuring that everyday teaching is efficient as possible.