In this blog post, David Weston who is Chief Executive of the Teacher Development Trust, writes about four outstanding habits that he rates as worthwhile developing.
The first point he talks about is the timely use of solid information derived from effective assessment as a tool for identifying areas of misunderstanding or identifying a lack of mastery in a particular area. He also talks about keeping a reflective journal as a way of recording thoughts that might otherwise be forgotten during the course of a hectic day!
The second point David makes is about behaviour management. If you get behaviour management right then you are a long way towards creating an environment where challenge, learning and progress can be the main focus. At Oriel High School we want all students to be learning in an environment free of low-level disruption so this point is extremely pertinent as this is an area that requires more work on the teacher’s part than is initially obvious when watching an experienced colleague. In another post, Tom Sherrington summarises some good ideas from Bill Rogers who has a significant reputation as an extort in behaviour management. The link should take you to a selection of You Tube videos related to his work. David suggests videoing your lesson and watching it back. We have the capability to do this using the IRIS video camera. If you are an NQT I would suggest speaking to a member of staff who has used it to find out how it works and then have a go; nothing ventured, nothing gained! If you have any questions please speak to me!
Thirdly David talks about engaging with new ideas. Social media such as twitter and blogs are a very useful way of picking up new tips and ideas. I would speak to various teachers and get their recommendations. I aim to include a list of useful blogs on this blog shortly!
The final point about collaboration is key and an area we are working on developing this academic year. We aim to have a series of lesson study trios developed over the course of this term. we have had several pilot groups working and I am looking forward to posting their findings in the near future. You may wish to work with other NQT’s initially or work within your subject team to benefit from more experienced members of staff. Either way give it a go as learning from one another is the best CPD we have!