Teaching and Learning
There are nine key principles:
- A purposeful learning environment is established through clear behavioural expectations and well-defined systems.
- Routines are understood by students and reinforced by the teacher.
- A high level of challenge is set for all students regardless of background or prior attainment.
- Challenge is set above students' current level but not too far-reaching that they are disengaged.
- Knowledgeable explanations are at the heart of the lesson.
- Well crafted explanations create an enthusiasm for the topic and provide students with a clear understanding of difficult ideas and concepts.
- The modelling process is used to help students understand the steps experts take in producing outstanding outcomes.
- Exemplary work is deconstructed to help students learn about how smaller parts create a larger whole.
- Different types of support are used to help all learners reach the same learning goals.
- Differentiation is used to provide support where necessary.
- Higher and lower order questioning is used effectively.
- Closed, factual questions are used to build/test students' level of understanding and open-ended questioning extends understanding and promotes discussion
- Diagnostic assessment is used to identify students’ current knowledge of a subject, skills and capabilities before teaching takes place.
- Formative assessment provides feedback and information during the learning process.
- Summative assessment takes place after the learning has been completed and provides information and feedback that is used to self-assess the teaching and learning process.
- Feedback on students' work provides information on how to close the gap between current level of understanding/performance and the desired learning goal/outcome.
- Students are well-motivated and engaged.
- Outcomes are positive and demonstrate progress over time.
Assistant Principal, Teaching and Learning -
Ms L Hall - firstname.lastname@example.org