15 Minute Learning Forum

Each week, members of staff come together on a voluntary basis in order to discuss a particular aspect of learning and teaching in a 15 Minute Forum.

The discussions that take place form part of our ongoing efforts to deepen our understanding of student learning and to be the best practitioners we can be.

Further information is available from Simon Milner at s.milner@jcg.sch.je

Direct Instruction (introduced by Simon Milner)

Tuesday 18th April 2017

Today’s session provided a summary of an important article, on the subject of ‘fully guided instruction’, entitled ‘Putting Students on the Path to Learning.’


Deliberate Practice (introduced by Joao Aguiar)

Tuesday 21st March 2017

A recent summary of the research on deliberate practice, considered in relation to teachers’ professional development, identifies five key principles : 1. Push beyond one’s comfort zone 2. Work toward well-defined, specific goals 3. Focus intently on practice activities 4. Receive and respond to high-quality feedback 5. Develop a mental model of expertise


Coaching (introduced by Kris Spencer)

Tuesday 14th March 2017

Today’s session reinforced an important distinction between coaching and mentoring: coaching assumes that the person being coached has ‘the answers’, or at least the capacity to reach these answers, without needing to be told.


Rethinking Formative Assessment (introduced by Simon Milner)

Tuesday 28th February 2017

Today’s session shared some insights from Daisy Christodoulou’s excellent book, Making Good Progress? The Future of Assessment for Learning (Oxford, 2016).


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