Nina's Notes

for Effective Teaching and Meaningful Learning

Workshops for better teaching

Workshops & Coaching

 

Pedagogy (simply focusing in teaching on HOW instead of WHAT) is internationally understood to be the single most important piece you need for delievering good quality education. Breaking the contemporary understanding of effective pedagogy into three manageable pieces, the 3Cs, is an excellent topic for the whole school staff, because everybody working around students should understand how to support their learning.

 

When deeper understanding and bigger change in learning outcomes are desired, combining workshops with coaching is a great idea.  The effect of a single workshop wears off  fairly soon, but when combined with follow-up coaching sessions the newly learned skill becomes much stronger, and teachers can effectively use these skills in their classrooms. Learning the basics about 3Cs in a workshop is a good start, and applying them in the classroom with the coaching of the trainer strengthens the skill and makes your investement in Professional Development well spent.


With this on-site professional development opportunity your school will take the first steps on the path of becoming a place where students have confidence in themselves as learners, teachers gain more tools for their daily practices and the whole community's well being is improved by happier students and teachers.

 

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Not all education reform is the same. There is a different model:

The Fourth Way is a way of inspiration and innovation, of responsibility and sustainability. The Fourth Way does not drive reform relentlessly through teachers, use them as final delivery points for government policies, or vacuum up their motivations into a vortex of change that is defined by short-term political agendas and the special interests with which they are often aligned.Rather, it brings together government policy, professional involvement, and public engagement around an inspiring social and educational vision of prosperity, opportunity, and creativity in a world of greater inclusiveness, security, and humanity ( Hargreaves & Shirley 2009, p. 71).


This is what The Finnish Way looks like:

In the Fourth Way of Finland, teachers design and pursue high quality learning and shared goals and improve their schools continuously through professional teamwork and networks, from evidence, and from literature in their trade. (Sahlberg, 2011)

Finland has shown the effect of this empowerment-based education reform in several consecutive PISA results.



Hargreaves, A., & Shirley, D. (2009). The fourth way: The inspiring future of educational change. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Sahlberg, P. (2011). The fourth way of Finland. Journal of Educational Change,12(2), 173-185.