How Can We Improve Teaching?

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How can we genuinely improve teaching?

This is my presentation for #TMLondon, shared on Wednesday 23rd March 2016. 

Something To Consider?

What I hope to offer in my presentation, is something for all schools to consider for the future.

This is what I believe to be the next ‘brick in the wall to strengthen the quality of teaching’ and learning for all schools and most importantly, the individual teacher.

In the details, I share the teaching and learning journey that is evolving throughout schools in England and offer a methodology for introducing coaching into schools. The reason that this is one proposal I am championing, is so that grading lessons and any type of formal observation is banished forever! In its place, a model to genuinely support the teacher.

In this presentation I offer (rough) statistics to help calculate the costs and provide the logistics to help make it feasible.

Listen:

Click below to listen to me speak through my presentation.

I would recommend that you view the resources and read through the slideshow as I speak. The audio is 8 minutes long and the presentation is to be shared at #TMLondon. I share it here to allow readers more time to consider the model, as on the night of the event, I delivered my presentation message in just 2 minutes!

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… and you can download my presentation here.

I have previously shared my thoughts on coaching model here. It may be worth reading to see how this model is evolving. I hope this may be something your own school will consider …

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In 2010, Ross Morrison McGill founded @TeacherToolkit from a simple Twitter account in which he rapidly became the 'most followed teacher on social media in the UK'. In 2015, he was nominated for '500 Most Influential People in Britain' in The Sunday Times as one of the most influential in the field of education - he remains the only classroom teacher to feature to this day ... Sharing online as @TeacherToolkit, he rebuilt this website (c2008) into what you are now reading, as one of the 'most influential blogs on education in the UK', winning the number one spot at the UK Blog Awards (2018). Today, he is currently a PGCE tutor and is researching 'social media and its influence on education policy' for his EdD at Cambridge University. In 1993, he started teaching and is an experienced school leader working in some of the toughest schools in London. He is also a former Teaching Awards winner for 'Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School, London' (2004) and has written several books on teaching (2013-2018). Read more...

3 thoughts on “How Can We Improve Teaching?

  • 26th March 2016 at 3:21 pm
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    So much yes! I fully support your points about integrating coaching rather than evaluative walk throughs in the classroom. I’ve participated in multiple “coaching cycles” with an instructional coach in my school. The work we have done has completely transformed the teaching that occurs in my classroom.

    I think that you made several great points about coaching… there definitely needs to be rigorous training for coaches… it is new and tough job!

    Additionally, you mentioned that relationships are important to this. I would argue that they are KEY to a successful coaching cycle. Reflecting on our teaching and student success with another person can be terrifying so we must be able to trust the coach we are working with. I formed a fantastic relationship with my coach and I firmly believe that it made all the difference!

    I enjoyed your presentation, thanks for the post!

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  • 27th March 2016 at 11:08 am
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    Great coaching resources you might want to consider on:

    http://www.coachfederation.org.uk/
    http://www.brief.org.uk/view.php?item_id=123
    http://www.ukasfp.co.uk/about-sf/sf-for-change-agents-and-coaches/

    It’s all simple and straightforward but allows scaffolding of the skills over time to ensure rigourous understanding and clear competency frameworks. If you want any more (and, I’m sure you already have tons!) give me a shout.

    Terrific Teach Meet!

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