What does good teaching look like (A1 Continued)

According to the Sutton Trust, good teaching is measured by the progress of our students. Coe (2014) gives six key components: pedagogical content knowledge, quality of instruction, classroom climate, classroom management, teacher beliefs and professional behaviours. When I first wrote about what makes good teaching, I focused on four traits and one skill, patience, empathy,Continue reading “What does good teaching look like (A1 Continued)”

ICT in Teaching (A12)

My ICT based lesson consisted of a PowerPoint, a projector and a link to an online mind map creator (https://www.mindmaps.app/). I was being observed teaching a Philosophy and Ethics lesson on Situation Ethics. My mentor, whose class it was, also wanted me to facilitate work on revision skills. I decide to incorporate ICT to facilitateContinue reading “ICT in Teaching (A12)”

Motivating students (A10)

While it is impossible to accurately measure how motivated an individual feels towards something at any given moment, what can be better observed and measured from a teaching perspective is engagement. Thus, for this task I will talk about ways of increasing engagement, assuming it is the output of motivation. Hillier and Gregson (2015) writeContinue reading “Motivating students (A10)”

Learning theories (A9)

Inside-Out pedagogy is based around the idea that classes of prisoners and college students can be mixed for mutual gain. Developed by Lori Pompa, the learning is aimed to be community-based, all people are seen to have something to contribute to the learning environment. Instructors must go on a seven-day course to study dialogue, criticalContinue reading “Learning theories (A9)”

Diversity and inclusion: Working with individuals (A8)

I contacted the ALS department at my placement to find out how to help students with depression. They separated what they did by one to one sessions and group sessions. The ALS use what they call the crystal model, in which they ask indirect questions to determine how much sleep the student gets, the nutritionalContinue reading “Diversity and inclusion: Working with individuals (A8)”

Assessing your students (A7)

My assessment for learning focused on Immanuel Kant’s categorical imperative and three of its categories. It is assessment for learning as I can collect the assessment, provide feedback and return it to the students, whereas assessment as learning uses the assessment itself as a basis for encouraging behaviour that should lead to learning (Gregson andContinue reading “Assessing your students (A7)”

Micro-teach (A6)

My level six introductory lesson on the I Ching, aimed at twelve students, had three simple lesson objectives to be achievable in ten minutes. Five minutes consisted of a lecture during which the students were expected to fill in their worksheets. The text on the slide was size thirty-six to help students with learning difficulties.Continue reading “Micro-teach (A6)”

Learning outside the classroom (A5)

My activity focused around a debate held at the Grant Museum of Zoology, aimed at ten, level three students studying Philosophy and Ethics. I based my activity on an article by Brown and Wilson, who advised students to read related materials before the activity, to hold the debate in a fishbowl layout and to makeContinue reading “Learning outside the classroom (A5)”

Observation of other teachers (A4)

Reflection on the first observation of another teacher Subject-Sociology How men and women are treated differently in society  Professional conduct: The teacher began the lesson on time. She seemed to have her materials prepared and took the register before teaching. During the lesson, the teacher discussed the topic without making any inferences that could beContinue reading “Observation of other teachers (A4)”

Lesson Planning (A3)

The two lesson plans I have uploaded are for the Religion and Philosophy course at Saint Francis Xavier Sixth Form College. The first lesson plan was on disability and the second lesson was on the meaning of life. The lesson begins with pictures of famous disabled people on the first slide. The students are givenContinue reading “Lesson Planning (A3)”

Professional Standards (A2)

The self-assessment task drew attention to varying aspects of my practice that I hadn’t considered. Though the self-assessment task was useful, it is worth noting that each aspect is prescribed and can only be rated out of 1-6. For deeper analysis, qualitative data may be more fruitful than quantitative. The highest category I scored inContinue reading “Professional Standards (A2)”

Good Teaching (A1)

In response to the question ‘What makes good teaching?’, I have decided to focus on five characteristics and one skill. The needs of learners commonly differ between classes, because of this teaching practice often has to change to facilitate learning. However, I believe that a facilitator who is patient, empathetic, confident and compassionate can useContinue reading “Good Teaching (A1)”