Month: March 2016

5 Highly Effective Teaching Practices

Reading this, I was promoted to think about my teacher beliefs about what exactly it is that makes teaching effective; what is it that I’m aiming for, that I hold as best practice? Expressing this in one sentence has actually been a quite inspiring moment for me; motivating me and giving me new energy to approach my planning for next term.
Anyway, here’s my spontaneously-constructed sentence (which I also posted in the comments section on the blog post):

**Teachers have to be passionate about teaching and about what they’re teaching, and they need to know their students and how to motivate them to get active.**

So now I’m interested in your thoughts: What is it that makes teaching most effective?
I’m not looking (necessarily) for Hattie-style lists, but try to summarise your teacher beliefs into one sentence, about what is at the heart of good teaching, for you.

Please post them in the comments below! I’m really excited about hearing from you!!
Clare

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Earlier this year, a piece from the Edutopia website was doing the rounds under the title “5 highly effective teaching practices”.  I automatically question pieces like this as I doubt somewhat whether the purpose of the piece is actually to raise standards in the profession and develop teachers – or whether it is simply to get a bit more traffic to the website.  But perhaps I am being unnecessarily cynical?

To be fair, the practices the article suggests are generally quite effective:

  1. State the goals of the lesson and model tasks, so that students know what they are going to do and how to do it.
  2. Allow classroom discussion to encourage peer teaching
  3. Provide a variety of feedback, both on an individual and a group basis.  Allow students to feedback to the teacher.
  4. Use formative assessments (tests the students can learn from) as well as summative assessments (tests that evaluate…

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7 Day 7 Ways: Continued Professional Development 7) Conferences

So, it's the last day in my 7 days of posts on CPD for ELT teachers. If you've missed any so far, here are the links... Blogs  Reflection Groups & Learning Networks  Magazines & Journals  Peer Observation  Professional Organisations  Seminars & Workshops All of the first six 'ways' could be done from the comfort of your … Continue reading 7 Day 7 Ways: Continued Professional Development 7) Conferences

7 Days 7 Ways: Continued Professional Development 6) Seminars & Workshops

7 Days 7 Ways: Continued Professional Development 6) Seminars & Workshops

So, day and way #6 in this series on CPD for ELT teachers. So far, most of my ideas for CPD activities were things you could do at home, or at least pretty close to home - most from the comfort of your own sofa! For example: Blogs (1st March) Reflection Groups & Learning Networks (2 March) … Continue reading 7 Days 7 Ways: Continued Professional Development 6) Seminars & Workshops

7 Days 7 Ways: Continued Professional Development 5) Professional Organisations

7 Days 7 Ways: Continued Professional Development 5) Professional Organisations

For those who are keeping up, this is blog post #5 in my series on CPD for ELT teachers. If you've missed the previous days' posts, you can find them by clicking these links: Blogs (1st March) Reflection Groups & Learning Networks (2 March) Magazines & Journals (3 March) Peer Observation (4 March) And now for number five: Professional … Continue reading 7 Days 7 Ways: Continued Professional Development 5) Professional Organisations

7 Days 7 Ways: Continued Professional Development 4) Peer Observation

Day #4 of my series of posts on CPD for ELT teachers! If you've missed the first three 'Days and Ways', you can find them by clicking these links: Blogs (1st March) Reflection Groups & Learning Networks (2 March) Magazines & Journals (3 March) And now for number four: Peer Observation Don't run away scared just yet!! 🙂  … Continue reading 7 Days 7 Ways: Continued Professional Development 4) Peer Observation

7 Days 7 Ways: Continued Professional Development – 3) ELT Magazines & Journals

7 Days 7 Ways: Continued Professional Development – 3) ELT Magazines & Journals

This is post number 3 in my series “7 Days 7 Ways: Continued Professional Development” in which I’m sharing ideas on how to integrate CPD easily into your teaching-packed lives! So far I've talked about 1) Blogs, and 2) Reflection Groups & Learning Networks.  Today’s Way is… ELT Magazines & Journals To further develop as a professional … Continue reading 7 Days 7 Ways: Continued Professional Development – 3) ELT Magazines & Journals

7 Days 7 Ways: Continued Professional Development – 2) Reflection Groups & Learning Networks

This is post number 2 in my series "7 Days 7 Ways: Continued Professional Development" in which I'm sharing ideas on how to integrate CPD easily into your teaching-packed lives! Way #2 was Blogs and that post can be found here.  Today's Way is...  Reflection Groups & Learning Networks As I mentioned yesterday, I believe reflection … Continue reading 7 Days 7 Ways: Continued Professional Development – 2) Reflection Groups & Learning Networks