For our PCT professional learning yesterday we looked at the reading "Learners in the Driving Seat" by Chris Watkins. Watkins begins the reading with asking the students to point their index finger to the ceiling then to point to who is responsible for their learning. Most will point to the teacher.
This is certainly the case with the 11 beginning teachers that I am currently working with ie that they take responsibility for the students' learning but as Watkins points out "research demonstrates that when students are driving the learning it leads to:
greater engagement & intrinsic motivationstudents setting higher challengesstudents evaluating their own work (self & peer assessment)better problem-solving"
He then provides some very good questions to ask (rather than tell) for Before Starting, On the Road, and Journey's end. These equate well to John Hattie's feedback questions "Where am I going?" (Learning Intention/goals/success criter…
As we are approaching mid-year and some of the PRTs are wanting to apply for full certification at the end of the year it seems timely to look at the Education Council Requirements and ensure that everybody is up to speed.
I have also included a note around pay increments as people are mixing this up with registration which is quite separate and linked to appraisal and Professional Standards. (We are paid by the Ministry of Education). INDUCTION
AND MENTORING As a provisionally
certificated teacher you will have the guidance of a mentor teacher who is an
experienced fully certificated colleague, trained to guide and support you and
give constructive feedback. The most important features of induction and mentoring include: ·an emphasis on
practice-focused professional learning for the provisionally certificated
teachers (PCT) ·a range of professional
development opportunities ·evaluations of professional
practice based on the Practising Teacher Criteria ·active support and
commitment from pro…
I have just been re-reading the notes I took at the Education Council (EC) workshop on the new standards at the beginning of this year. Provisionally certificated teachers (PCTs) are always worried about having enough evidence and what to record. I currently mentor 7 PCTs, 3 of whom are coming up for certification this year. What the EC has said is that they do not want voluminous portfolios of stuff and that they want to shift the emphasis from the showing of evidence to improvement of practice done through discussion and documentation. Teachers engaging in “learning talk” analyse, critique and challenge their current teaching practices to find and/or create more effective ways of teaching. (Annan, Lai & Robinson 2003)
The current situation is that ERO will audit the documentation for certification of teachers recently certificated. They are looking to see that the school has a robust system well founded in evidence. They will be looking at the level of support and induction for P…