To monitor an individual pupil to estimate active learning time

Aim

To monitor an individual pupil to estimate active learning time.

Evidence and reflection

Watch a chosen pupil during a teaching/learning session. Judge the times at which:

1. The pupil is ‘on task’ (i.e. actively engaged in the given task and learning objectives)

2. The pupil is doing other necessary activities related to the task (e.g. logging into a computer, fetching equipment)

3. The pupil is ‘off task’ (i.e. appears distracted or disengaged).

Calculate the total amounts and proportions of learning time in each category:

‘On-task’ time                                  [… minutes], [… %]

‘Task-management’ time             [… minutes], [… %]

‘Off-task’ time                                  [… minutes], [… %]

Extension

Are there any changes in classroom organisation or management strategies which could help to maximise active learning time?