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