New e-book from Robert Powell


Active Whole-Class Teaching 2

The e-book contains 157 practical strategies based on 7 evidence-led, rigorous principles that can be applied to any school or college to form a one-page teaching, learning and assessment policy designed to develop great teaching.

Each principle is explained and then a menu of practical strategies for delivering each principle follows - 157 in all that can be used or adapted to teachers' needs.


The 7 Principles that I have developed to meet the goal of great teaching do not include metacognition as a separate principle. The concept is addressed within the 7 principles below.


  1. Teachers should share and clarify the learning intentions of the lesson(s) so that students are engaged, understand and can picture their goals.

  2. Teachers should ensure that all learners understand the success criteria for their learning tasks and activities and have a clear picture of what success looks like.

  3. Teachers should create a safe, welcoming and trusting learning environment with fair, clear, consistent and public systems of classroom management. Group activity is purposeful and well structured.

  4. Learning tasks should build upon prior learning, make connections and have clearly defined progression routes that meet the needs of individuals, including support and challenge. Teachers should have high expectations for all learners.

  5. Reading comprehension should be encouraged. Scaffolding, useful initially, should be gradually withdrawn as learners move towards mastery and deeper understanding. Small-group collaborative activity should be used when appropriate.

  6. Teachers should receive feedback on levels of understanding through regular questioning which seeks to involve all learners. When teachers identify misconceptions, they intervene, whether it be at individual, group or whole-class level. Teachers should seek to develop fluency and embed learning through strategies such as interleaving, retrieval practice and spaced learning.

  7. Feedback to learners should be ongoing and can include, at different times, written, verbal, whole class, and peer- and self-assessment. Teachers should find ways to ensure that such feedback is acted upon by the learners (feedforward).

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The e-book is available on Amazon.

Active whole-class teaching is a Kindle e-book but can be purchased without the need to own a Kindle. The Kindle app is free to download to any device and the book will then open on your chosen device.


If you download the Kindle app the book can be read on:

  • Tablets (full colour)

  • Laptops (full colour)

  • Computers (full colour)

  • Kindle (black and white)

More details on Robert Powell's website blog.

Other books available from Robert Powell include: