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Pedagogy

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In conversation with a beginning teacher recently, the question of pedagogy came up.
What is pedagogy?
The Oxford dictionary defines pedagogy as" The method and practice of teaching, especially as an academic subject or theoretical concept."
Teaching as inquiry is an important aspect of effective pedagogyThe NZ Curriculum defines pedagogy as: "Teacher actions promoting student learning"There is also culturally responsive pedagogy. Ako underpins the Practising Teacher Criteria and is an important component of culturally responsive teaching and learning.  A good way to check if you are including effective pedagogy in your lesson plans & units of work is to use these sentence starters.
I create a supportive learning environment by...........
I encourage reflective thought and action by.............
I enhance the relevance of new learning by..............
I facilitate shared learning by..................
I make connections to prior learning and experience by................
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Student Engagement

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This video gives much to think about


Teaching as Inquiry

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Teaching as Inquiry is criteria 12 of the Practising Teacher Criteria which all teachers, including provisionally certificated teachers, need to provide evidence both for appraisal & certification. For this criteria teachers are required to use critical inquiry to critically examine their own beliefs, including cultural beliefs, and how they impact on their professional practice and the achievement of ākonga (learners).

I found this set of descriptors of good practice for teaching as inquiry in an article "Leading inquiry at teacher level" by Mike Fowler.

The inquiry is based on a group of students you teach which could be selected students in one class, a whole class or students from different classes.You look for evidence of what is happening for these student in the classroom by asking these questions:Why are students in my class struggling with....?What are the challenges students are facing in this topic, course?How confident are these students about this part of the …