Teacher Professional Learning at VSSEC
VSSEC hosted Dr Jane Pollock during the week of the 15th of August. Dr Pollock presented the Professional Learning Program, Improving Student Learning one Teacher at Time. The five day workshop involved 30 teachers who were taken through the implementation of the nine high yielding teaching strategies outlined in the book Classroom Instruction that Works (Marzano et al), into the G.A.N.A.G Lesson Plan Schema.
The G.A.N.A.G Lesson Plan Schema:
•G = State the GOALS (or standards) intended for the lesson.
•A = ACCESS prior knowledge that relates to the lesson.
•N = Introduce NEW information or concepts.
•A = ANALYZE/APPLY the new information or concepts.
•G = Summarize or restate the GOALS learned in the lesson.
Sessions 2 of the professional learning workshops on Designing Effective Science Lessons were completed in late August by Ms Anne Tweed (McREL). These sessions of the nine-day program concentrated on understanding of science content and dealt with providing skills to teachers to enables their students to develop deep conceptual understanding of scientific content.