Thursday, December 6, 2007

How can we help to develop great teaching?

We are in the midst of planning an online Instructional Needs Survey as a guide to professional development "hot spots" that we can address. To this end, Mr. Prinstein (Dean of Instruction)and I have started to grapple with the question of what constitutes quality teaching.

We have developed a draft copy of possible survey questions, but it has struck me that we have covered 'routines' and 'rigor' reasonably well, yet have neglected 'relationships'.

I believe that self-assessment is an under-rated tool, as it can return usable results, and of course deep reflection if administered at the right moment and under appropriate conditions.

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