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Professional Knowledge


1.2 Understand how students learn

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Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of research into how students learn and the implications for teaching.
Structure teaching programs using research and collegial advice about how students learn.

Expand understanding of how students learn using research and workplace knowledge.

Lead processes to evaluate the effectiveness of teaching programs using research and workplace knowledge about how students learn.

At what career stage am I demonstrating the standard?

I am highly accomplished as I use an eclectic montage of different theories in my teaching practices including behaviour management, cognitive development and critical thinking skills.  I have clear and transparent expectations with clear consequences (both positive and negative).  I read up on areas of interest and need, and seek Professional Development on areas particular to my students, for instance, autism and Dyslexia.  I differentiate my tasks to give students the optimal opportunity/ies to have success, whether it be extra time, extra human resource time or a modified assessment.  I vary the types of activities to engage and to excite students' learning by using technology, ICT, individual and group work and opportunities to voice their predictions  and understandings.

The photos show visual aides used which include the daily timetable, the owl behaviour chart, along with the /consequences/rewards chart.  This is useful for all students, but of vital importance for a student who is autistic.

We have a daily 'Wise Owl' award where the previous day's awardee, in collaboration with the teacher gets to 'catch' another student being wise.  The student gets an owl sticker and a certificate to take home.

I use a sound amplification system to ensure full reception by students of what the speaker is saying (teacher and student), particularly when students with soft voices have to share, to maximise full participation and experience. This is particularly useful for those students who have hearing loss or are prone to zone out.

This is an example of students working together on a task.

An example of children exploring their understanding  of the moon's relationship with the sun.

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What is my evidence and how has it been used to demonstrate the standards? 

Years of experience, combined with professional development and networking; and, lots of trial and error have given me the confidence and clarity to prepare engaging and student oriented learning experiences.  Many educators espouse different theories relating to what practices are best for optimal learning ranging from Edward De Bono's 6 thinking hats to encourage lateral and critical thinking to Jean Piaget's theories of the four stages of cognitive development, to modern writers such as Steve Biddulph on his theories of how to raise happy children, particularly boys and to Sean Covey's Seven Habits of Happy Kids. I give routine and clear expectations and consequences in a safe, engaged and motivating environment for them to learn. They also need responsibility and opportunities to work individually and in groups, as well as the opportunity to lead.   


1 comment:

  1. Great evidence here of your professional knowledge of your learners and how they learn, Annette.