Quality of teaching influenced by:
- class size
- the quality of the curriculum
- the resources available
- the time available to prepare instruction
- Support teachers receive from colleagues
Most important factor – qualities that the individual teacher brings to the classroom.
Teachers need to improve because they can be even better, and when they do their jobs better, their students live on get, are healthier, and contribute more to society.
- Clear, valuable learning intentions for lesson
- Success criteria understood by students
- Students chosen at random
- Questions that make students think
- Students, not the teacher, dominate discussions
- At least 80 percent of students involved in answering questions
- All-student response system used
- Teacher waits three seconds after question
- Students support each other’s learning
- Teacher gives oral formative feedback
- Evidence of comments that advance learning
- Teacher finds out what students learned
- Teaching adjusted after data collection
Seen, but weak
shift in reform ownership
My Teaching Partner – coaching system focused on 3 aspects of teaching:
emotional support for students 9positive relationships, teacher sensitivity, and regard for adolescent perspectives)
classroom organisation (behaviour management, maximising learning time, and effective instructional formats)
instructional support (content understanding, analysis and problem solving, and quality of feedback)
Focus on video – tacit knowledge visible
Video more useful than rubrics to explore high-quality performance. Rubrics could be a valuable starting point, but won’t necessarily improve practice.
Professional development must be job embedded, practice focused, and continued over a substantial period of time.
Research shows that expertise in teaching is similar to expertise in other areas.” This in turn suggests that the vast majority of teachers could be as good as the very best if their leaders provide the right learning environment for those they lead – creating a culture in which all teachers improve so that all students succeed.”
Analogy of the riderand the elephant – along a path.
Direct the rider
Find the bright spots – volunteers rather than conscripts, strength based practices
Script the critical moves – highly structured meetings (1. Intro and learning intentions for the meeting 5 min, 2. Warm-up activity 5min, 3. Feedback session 25-50 min, 4. New learning about formative assessment 20-40 min, 5. Personal action planning 15 min, 6. Review of the meeting 5 min
Point to the destination – All students proficient
Motivate the elephant
Find the feeling (emotional impact) – Moral imperative
Shrink the change (break down into manageable chunks) Small steps
Grow your people – All teachers can improve
Shape the path
Tweak the environment (default positions) Create time for teacher learning
Build habits (plan action triggers) Create routines and structures
Rally the herd (create a group ethos around practice) Make new mistakes
5 principles of teacher learning have appeared to be especially important:
For leaders, four aspects to the creation of supportive accountability:
1. Creating expectations for continually improving practice
2. Keeping the focus on the things that make a difference to students
3. Providing the time, space, dispensation, and support for innovation
4. Supporting risk-taking
Step 1: Search
What is the question?
Step 2: Sort
What do you need to use?
Step 3: See
Can you draw the problem?
Step 4: Select
What operation do you need?
Step 5: Solve
Solve the problem.
Step 6: Sense
Does your answer make sense?
Explicit Teaching – after identifying prior knowledge/ current level of understanding
Direct instruction of well sequenced information – conceptual development
Clear Learning Intentions
Environment fosters students accessing each other to support learning
Novice – worked examples are more helpful
Experts – more open-ended problems more helpful
(Teacher aware of possible misconceptions, indicators of these, and strategies to confront and fix these)
Peer/ Adult support
made explicit as facts, data
Made explicit as story
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