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					            What promotes
         powerful teaching and
              learning?




         Dianne Peck
Assistant Principal, Glen Waverley SC
       dpe@gwsc.vic.edu.au
Attributes of an           Attributes of an
             Attributes of an
effective teacher         effective student
             effective learner
Creating a shared vision
Need to achieve organisational
 alignment and clarity of purpose.

From                to
       Factors impacting on
       student achievement
Student background -   approx.   45%
socioeconomic &
cultural background,
family and peers
The teacher            approx.   40%


The curriculum         approx.   15%
The results of this study will document that the most
important factor affecting student learning is
the TEACHER. In addition, the results show wide
variation in effectiveness among teachers. The
immediate and clear implication of this finding is that
seemingly more can be done to improve education by
improving the effectiveness of teachers than by any
other single factor. Effective teachers appear to
be effective with students of all achievement
levels, regardless of the level of heterogeneity
in their classrooms. If the teacher is ineffective,
students under the teacher’s tutelage will show
inadequate progress academically regardless of how
similar of different they are regarding their academic
achievement.                         Wright et al, 1997
Need to focus on BOTH the Art and Science of teaching!
Learning as
making meaning from experience.
          MAPS

                                           WINDOW ON THE
                                               WORLD




                                 FINDING OUT
                                                           EVENTS
                                                            AND
                                                           THINGS



                                TAKING ACTION




                                  BAG OF TRICKS


   Richard Bawden's Visual representation of Kolb's (Kolb 1984)
Classroom Practice


        Espoused
                 ?
          V&B


  Embodied
    V&B
There are lots of models out there
BUT...........

   WE HAVE TO DO THE
   THINKING OURSELVES
    – there are NO short cuts.
What is ‘powerful learning’?
   What is learning?
   Are their different types of learning?
   If so, are some more ‘powerful’ than
    others?
   What are the types of learning our
    students are currently experiencing?
   What is the type of learning we want our
    students to experience most of the time?
Powerful Learning is learning
that leads to/enables ……


  Personal
  Meaning
             Autonomous
               Action
                          Conscious
                          Awareness
    Teaching for Understanding
 How do we do this? It’s difficult work!
 How do we know we achieve it?
 What is understanding?


 What’s something you understand really well?
    How did you come to understand it?
    How do you know you understand it?
               (David Perkins – TfU Guide)


Action component - Performance of Understanding
        What promotes
     POWERFUL LEARNING?
 Start with your own experiences. Think
  once again about the ‘something’ you
  understand really well.
 What factors seemed to be critical in
  making it a powerful learning experience?
 Use your experience as a learner then add to
  it what you know about good learning as a
  teacher.                  (from Julia Atkin)
   Record each factor on a separate ‘Post-It’ note.
What promotes
POWERFUL LEARNING?

                                    promoted by


                                                                      promoted by
       promoted by

                          POWERFUL LEARNING
                        results in growth of the individual
    promoted by
                          through the development and                 promoted by
                                     enabling of
                                - personal meaning
    promoted by
                            - autonomous action, and                   promoted by
                             - conscious awareness



          promoted by     promoted by             promoted by   promoted by
        Conditions of Effective
              Learning
             (Mary Kalantzis and Bill Cope)


   Condition 1:              Condition 2:
     BELONGING             TRANSFORMATION

    - effective learning   - effective learning takes
    engages the                  the learner on a
    learner’s identity        journey into new and
                                unfamiliar terrains.
Powerful learning…...

1. Depends of the creation of positive, caring
  classroom relationships where all individuals
  are valued and respected.




‘Unconditional love’         Relationship free
                                     zone
Powerful learning…...

2. Is an outcome of active construction
  and often results from undermining.




Active learning             Teaching as telling
Builds on prior knowledge   Learning as listening
Powerful learning….
3. Carefully scaffolds learning, using
  modeling, demonstration, multiple e.g.’s and
  explanations, extensive practice and review.



Opportunity to learn          Teaching by
- construct skills &          assignment
understanding along      (this is NOT teaching!)
the way.
Powerful learning…...

4. Results from intrinsic motivation.
  Motivates with the heart as well as the
  head.




2-way pedagogy – builds on          Teacher always decides
student interests and experiences
Powerful learning…...

5. Results from adapting teaching style
  and content to the learner’s profile of
  learning styles and intelligences.




Caters for and extends              One size fits all
learning styles and intelligences
Powerful learning…...

6. Produces understanding. Focuses on
  major concepts and big ideas.




‘Deep’ understanding   Chew and spew
                       Tiny sub-skills
Powerful learning…...

7. Enhanced by metacognition (thinking
  about your thinking).




Planning, monitoring &     Don’t know what
evaluating your thinking   I don’t know.
Powerful learning….
8. Involves frequent assessment and feedback
  around clear standards. Assessment requires
  students to demonstrate understanding.
  Creates a culture of revision and redemption.




Self/peer/teacher review    Guess what I’m
Show kids what good         looking for!
work looks like.
Powerful learning….

9. Is promoted by high expectations.




Everyone can learn .   Near enough is
Be the best you can.   good enough.
POSITIVE CARING RELATIONSHIPS




POSITIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT




 GUIDING THE LEARNING PROCESS
Reflection …………..
Consider each of the components in your
 Powerful Learning model. Rate your OWN
 practice and that of YOUR COLLEAGUES:

               consistently do this


     ?         occasionally do this


     X         rarely do this
There are lots of models out there
BUT...........

   WE HAVE TO DO THE
   THINKING OURSELVES
    – there are NO short cuts.

				
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