Improving teacher practice

Gillian has been supporting teachers to improve their classroom practice for over 20 years. As an experienced teacher educator, she is able to facilitate a range of practical workshops to enhance and extend teachers’ knowledge of different elements of best practice. All workshops seek to model best practice and allow the participants to walk in the shoes of learners and experience the models being explored. In addition Gillian is a strong advocate for the improvement of teacher practice through peer observation/coaching and has supported both managers and teachers to implement a model of coaching for improvement of teacher practice within a number of organisations.

A Coaching model of support for improvement in classroom practice

Workshop Going for Gold – Characteristics of good and better learning and learner progress – identifying the evidence of good learning. How do we know when what we do int he classroom has a positive impact on learning and learner progress?

How do we recognise when good or better learning is taking place?

This workshop explores the characteristics and evidence which indicate that good learning is taking place. Within the new Education Inspection framework, inspectors will be looking at how we plan a relevant curriculum (intent) and how we implement learning which is challenging and ensures a quality learning experience. How do we ensure deep learning within our teaching? Learning which has impact and supports our learners to develop new knowledge, skills and behaviours which prepare them for their next steps?

Workshop 2 Planing effective learning sessions. Getting your planning right is the first step to delivery of high quality learning experiences for your students. Effective planning entails making professional decisions about how to maximise learning opportunities for all your learners.

The research which underpins the new Educational Inspection framework highlights the strength of:-

  • providing overviews and/or reviews of objectives
  • Outlining the content to be covered and signalling transitions between different parts of the lesson
  • Calling attention to main ideas within lessons and reviewing main ideas.

There are many models which can support the planning process. The Accelerated Learning Cycle model helps teachers to understand how to apply a structure to the planning and delivery of learning to ensure a lesson start with clarity, a middle which provides opportunities to receive new information, construct own meaning and understanding and to demonstrate that new learning. The cycle also reminds teachers of the importance of reviewing not only the content of the lesson, but also the learning undertaken (metacognition) which is so important in ensuring this is secured in our long term memory.

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The Accelerated Learning Cycle can be a useful tool to plan learning to ensure that learning sessions incorporate active learning and the opportunity for learners to demonstrate their learning. Incorporating a comprehensive review of learning allows learning to be consolidated to ensure deep learning and better retention. The Accelerated Learning Cycle also asks us to focus on how we learn and how to improve our effective learning behaviours.

This workshop will explore further how the Accelerated Learning Cycle tool and similar models and be used to plan effective learning sessions.

The TEEP model from the Teacher Effectiveness Enhancement Programme helps practitioners to take their understanding of how to plan to maximise learning even further. This model is also very effective in helping teachers to understand how to plan an effective learning session, which encompasses elements of best practice based on research of effective learning. It also explores how to effectively embed the development of students’ literacy and numeracy skills and thos behaviours which are essential in becoming effective learners, including many behaviours which employers look for in interview candidates.

Other workshop topics include:-

Using Collaborative Learning effectively – research tells us that working collaboratively is a great way to improve learning and to help learners to extend their knowledge and skills. It is also a great way of developing effective learner behaviours.

  • Developing a Thinking classroom
  • Developing effective questioning techniques
  • Understanding and using Assessment for Learning within your practice
  • Developing Teacher Presence and effective classroom management
  • Understanding how to measure learner progress effectively.

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