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Issue 2: Developing appropriate teaching approaches


Task 2.1 - Approaches and strategies

A Curriculum for Excellence encourages teachers to be innovative in learning and teaching approaches. Developing appropriate teaching approaches to support all learners is the responsibility of all teachers.

  • Listen to the teaching approaches the following teachers, pupils and parents have found helpful. The first set are general the second are more subject specific
  • Note these on task sheet 2.1
  • Identify some further approaches which you have found helpful and share these with your group
  • Note down any approaches from the videos and/or your group discussion which you might want to incorporate into your classroom practice

Task sheet C2.1 - Approaches and strategies

Useful teaching approaches identified from video clips:

Further approaches identified from group discussions:

Approaches to incorporate into classroom practice:

General approaches

Teacher/pupil interaction

Grant Cowan


• Teacher interaction with pupil is best form of accommodation

Mind maps

Ann Owen - Literacy Base teacher - West Lothian Council


• Mind maps

Dorothy Connelly - P6 to S2 coordinator
Stonelaw High

• Mind maps

Craigievar Primary

• Mind maps are helpful

Metacognitive strategies

Carolan Burnet - PT Literacy Sevices - West Lothian Council


• Strategies for subject teachers

Ann Owen - Literacy Base teacher - West Lothian Council


• Metacognitive strategies

Word banks

Alan Barbour


• Word banks help pupils with dyslexia

Corrine Digges
Kincorth Academy

• Word banks are helpful

Subject specific


Peter Macklin
James Young High

• Demonstrations enhance written instructions

Peter Macklin
James Young High

• Co-ordination difficulties can be a problem

Peter Macklin
James Young High

• Using labels supports reading


Francesca McKenzie
Cults Academy

• Scaffolding written work


Anne Bell
Alford Academy

• Transfer records help planning