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MAGAZINE ISSUE 39: Quality Teaching
September 2013

This month ideas about and techniques for Quality Teaching

Article: Quality Teaching
New Resources
Mike's Books
Additional Resources

This Month's Article:

Quality Teaching

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Quality Teaching An Article providing you with food for thought about what it means to be an effective and improving teacher.

This is a Free Sample Resource

Categories: Article, Teaching & Learning, Other Subject, Educators

Tags: Quality Teaching CPD
That's Quality!
In the fickle, emergent vernacular of teenagers, "Quality" means (or maybe once meant) "the best, superior, amazing, very good". It's used to make genuine statements about excellence as well as (being teenagers) to comment ironically or sarcastically upon comical situations in which they find themselves, for example, "That's a quality mullet." referring to the once fashionable hairstyle.

The Meaning of Quality
Quality in teaching and learning too is a useful description of 'the best, superior, amazing, very good' but may also become divisive in the same way as 'outstanding'. The way 'quality' is used in business can be more helpful: instead of meaning 'the best', a quality product or service is one that is 'fit for purpose'; one that meets or exceeds its design requirements. It does what it's meant to do. This means that a cheap, disposable pen is a quality item if what you need is a cheap disposable pen. However it wouldn't be if you needed a gold plated fountain pen. It's a subtle but very significant difference which challenges our thinking about what the most effective teaching might be.

Quality Teaching
Using the business definition of quality within education means that quality teaching is teaching that is fit for purpose. It does what it's supposed to do. It's not about superiority or excellence, it's about appropriateness. It means creating the right experiences for your pupils so that they learn what they are supposed to. Of course, there are a lot of variables here, not least an agreement on the purpose for which teaching needs to be fit, but this way of looking at quality helps teachers to focus on doing what they do better as well as meeting the external standards that drive their professional development.

Quality Teaching in Practice
It is down to purpose: Why are we educating our pupils? As term begins again for some of us, this is a valuable thought with which to meet our new classes. Are we preparing them to pass exams? To be creative, moral citizens? To develop the skills to help push the human race forwards? To get to university? To raise families well? Or some other purpose or combination of purposes? Once we've got this a little clearer then it's a whole lot easier to create lessons that are fit for that purpose.

The quality folks with whom I work have a very clear sense of purpose for their work in education. Yet they are also keenly aware of the professional standards to which they must adhere and aspire. Their trick seems to be using one to move towards the other: their driving passion and purpose, lived out, automatically sees them producing lessons that are graded highly.

If you do clarify one thing this year, why not make it your sense of purpose as you step into school each day. That would be mint.

New Resources:

Network Thinking

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Network Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool helping pupils to make connections between different parts of a lesson, topic or subject and challenging them to work out how the different parts depend on each other.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Analytical Thinking, Visual Thinking, Thinking Skills, Any Subject, Secondary, Tertiary

Tags: Networks Connections
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Network Thinking Powerpoint

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Network Thinking Powerpoint A Thinking Tool Template in Powerpoint providing two further examples of Network Thinking using Basic Numeracy and Lord of the Flies characters.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Analytical Thinking, Visual Thinking, Thinking Skills, Any Subject, Secondary, Tertiary

Tags: Networks Connections
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Geography Think Sheet - General Concepts

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Geography Think Sheet - General Concepts A Think Sheet for helping pupils to see the world through a geographer's eyes.

Categories: Think Sheet, Thinking Skills, Geography, Secondary

Tags: Geography Connections Environment Networks
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Creating Extra-Ordinary Teachers
by Mike Fleetham & Branton Shearer

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Creating Extra-Ordinary Teachers <br> by Mike Fleetham & Branton Shearer A Book, Creating Extra-Ordinary Teachers: Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom and Beyond, that was co-authored by Dr Branton Shearer. It demonstrates how to use MI to enrich teaching and leadership, and how to inspire others to do the same. It'll give you a useful edge in your role as coach or innovative teacher. Includes a free online MI profile and development activities.

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What is Outstanding Teaching?

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What is Outstanding Teaching? An Article that summarises and explores what outstanding teaching might be. Provides prompts for professional reflection and debate, and offers 9 areas for evaluation and growth.

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Categories: Article, Teaching & Learning, Any Subject, Educators

Tags: Outstanding CPD

Outstanding Lesson Design

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Outstanding Lesson Design An Article to download that offers one view of what should be included in a plan for an outstanding lesson. Use it as a resource to benchmark your own planning and to debate the issue of lesson planning with colleagues.

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Categories: Article, Planning, Any Subject, Educators

Tags: Outstanding Planning Lesson Design

Geography Think Sheet - Change

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Geography Think Sheet - Change A Think Sheet to prompt high order thinking about rural and urban change at KS3.

Categories: Think Sheet, Thinking Skills, Geography, Secondary

Tags: Change Cities Sustainability
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Geography Think Sheet - Cities

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Geography Think Sheet - Cities A Think Sheet of Thinking Classroom ideas for creatively exploring urban living and sustainability.

Categories: Think Sheet, Geography, Secondary, Thinking Skills

Tags: Cities Sustainability
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Books:

Full On Learning: Involve Me & I’ll Understand
by Zoe Elder

Full On Learning: Involve Me & I’ll Understand <br>by Zoe Elder

A clear and graphically rich presentation of the key features needed for a future-facing education. Includes thoughts and activities around collaboration, emotional intelligence, digital learning, motivation, questioning and feedback.

Available from Amazon

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Categories: Suggested Books, Skills Based Learning, Curriculum

Tags: Quality Teaching Infographic Visual Thinking


Websites:

Full On Learning

Full On Learning And Zoe Elder's blog - "a mixture of reflections on my own learning" and "a repository for those sparkling gems".

www.fullonlearning.com

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Categories: Blogs, Learning Styles, Skills Based Learning

Tags: Quality Teaching



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