The team at Evidence Based Education works with teachers and school leaders, policy-makers and researchers alike, to bring high-quality, flexible and affordable CPD to schools in the UK and worldwide. This podcast discusses some key issues in the field of evidence-based education, particularly focusing on how the gaps between policy, research and practice can be bridged, and how good practice in all three areas can ultimately have a positive impact on pupil outcomes. Find out more at evidencebased.education
Teacher collaboration: Episode 4
This podcast is the fourth installment in our miniseries on teacher collaboration, in partnership with Dulwich College International. Over what has possibly been the most challenging year ever, we’ve followed the journey of teachers and leaders as they seek to enhance collaboration across their family of schools, against the backdrop of a global pandemic! In this episode, we return to the people responsible for coordinating subject and specialist groups to find out what they got up to. Hear about the challenges, the successes and their advice for building and running a collaboration group.
The Great Teaching Toolkit: one year on
A year ago, we published the Great Teaching Toolkit: Evidence Review (GTT:ER). The year since then has been extraordinary in many ways, many of them negative. One very positive and exciting thing that has been quietly happening this year here at EBE is the development of the tools that will comprise the first part of the wider Great Teaching Toolkit. The response we have had so far from the schools who are working with us – and the results we are beginning to see – make it hard not to feel the anticipation.
Since the Evidence Review’s launch, we’ve been developing a suite of tools, surveys and professional learning courses anchored around the Dimensions and Elements of Great Teaching it identified. In this episode, join Professor Rob Coe in conversation with Jamie Scott, as they discuss this process so far and outline what’s next for the Great Teaching Toolkit, one year on…
For the full companion blog post, visit https://evidencebased.education/the-great-teaching-toolkit-one-year-on
The feedback pendulum
The research evidence shows us that effective feedback is one of the most powerful tools that a teacher can have in their ‘toolbox’. But it also offers some cautionary notes...
In more than a third of well-designed studies, feedback actively made students’ performance worse. Not all feedback is good feedback! Facial expressions, verbal or written comments, even silence can constitute some form of feedback. It is so integral to communication that it’s happening all the time. Feedback, in its many forms, is a key part of this complex act of teaching and it is worth investing time to reflect on.
In this podcast episode we talk to teacher, senior leader and author, Michael Chiles, about the key concepts in his book, The Feedback Pendulum. We discuss the purpose and power of feedback interactions both in the classroom, with parents and with colleagues. We discuss:
* The issues and opportunities with feedback
* Investing time to prime feedback
* Whole-class feedback
* The importance of meaningful teacher feedback
* Feedback to parents for a collaborative approach to learning
For more on feedback, you can access our free eBook, A short guide to delivering effective feedback, from our resource library and you can find out more about Michael’s book here.
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A culture of trust and learning: Episode 2
In June 2020 we published the Great Teaching Toolkit: Evidence Review, a credible evidence summary of the elements of great teaching practice.
In this podcast miniseries we’re talking to the team at Falinge Park High School as they use the Evidence Review and the model for great teaching as the focus of their professional development.
Staff at Falinge Park are each selecting an element from the review to work on as the focus of their professional enquiry. In the first Episode we spoke to Headteacher, Janice Allen about professional development culture. In this episode, we speak to Deputy Head, Paula O’Reilly, and Lead Practitioner, Katy Pauz, to find out how they organise and structure staff learning.
We also invited Jade Pearce, Assistant Head of Walton High School, on to the podcast to tell us about her summary of the Great Teaching Toolkit: Evidence Review and how her school use it. Jade has kindly shared the link to her summary and you can download a copy here.
You can also download the Great Teaching Toolkit: Evidence Review here.
The Science of Learning: What should teachers know, and why?
This podcast episode is a Science of Learning feast for anyone mildly obsessed with teaching and learning!
EBE’s Director of Education, Dr Stuart Kime, talks to Dr Niki Kaiser and Dr Efrat Furst about the approach the three of them took to the design our Science of Learning Programme. However, this is far more than a conversation about designing teacher CPD. Our teaching trio of Drs discuss:
The learning process and the value of teachers knowing about it;
The key characteristics of how people learn;
Their experiences as teachers encountering new information about how we learn and incorporating it into their practice;
Moving from novice to expertise;
Making learning meaningful (potatoes and carrots!).
Teacher Collaboration: Episode 3
In this third episode of the podcast mini-series on teacher collaboration, we speak to James McBlane, a regular listener to the podcast who got in touch with a suggestion and so we invited him on for a chat! Dr. Jenni Donohoo, a best-selling author and expert on the subject of teacher collaboration, and Cat Scutt, Director of Education and Research at the Chartered College of Teaching.
Tune in to the discussion as we explore:
• The culture of collaboration
• The broader benefits of collaboration
• What does it mean to have collective teacher efficacy?
• What are the enabling conditions for effective teacher collaboration?
• The chicken and the egg efficacy dilemma!