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From the gym window most Sundays – I observe?. Deliberate Practice Colvin (2008) noted that exceptional performers, were not necessarily the most talented.

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1 From the gym window most Sundays – I observe?

2 Deliberate Practice Colvin (2008) noted that exceptional performers, were not necessarily the most talented in terms of their earlier biographies, but had certain attributes and practices that distinguished their expertise over time. Of most importance was what is now referred to as Deliberate Practice. According to Colvin, Deliberate Practice is characterized by a number of key elements: The activity (practice) is carefully designed to improve specific aspects of the performance, often with a teacher’s help It requires much repetition Feedback on results is continually available It is highly demanding mentally (whether a physical or mental task) It isn’t much fun (in the main; but may be for some).

3 Expert Teachers – what does this mean? The notion that learning inevitably improves over time and that experience is central to such improvement is not founded. Yes, time on task is important and so is experience. However, it is more about what is done when on task that really makes the big difference in the experience. For example, why is it that some people, who have many years of experience, still display limited competence, whereas relative newcomers achieve good competence in a comparatively short time? The conclusion of Berliner (1987) offers insight into such questions: …experience will probably only instruct those who have the motivation to excel in what they do and the metacognitive skills to learn from their experience…we believe that individuals with that kind of motivation to learn and in possession of a set of strategies for learning from experience are literally transformed by their experience. (p.61)

4 What differentiates Expert Teachers? Turner-Bisset’s (2001) summary on expert teachers’ capabilities Expert teachers are able to read and process the complex mass of information which any classroom provides, much more rapidly and teachers use a repetoire of strategies, selecting the most appropriate for use in a particular context and adapting it if necessary for a group of learners (p.69) Hattie (2012), from extensive research, support this heightened capability of expert teachers as well as providing insight into how they are likely to be more creative: Experts possess knowledge that is more integrated, in that they combine the introduction of new subject knowledge with students’ prior knowledge; they can relate current lesson content to other subjects in the curriculum; and make lessons uniquely their own by changing, combining, and adding to the lessons according to their students’ needs and their own teaching goals. (p.28)

5 Routine & Adaptive Expertise The work of Hatano & Inagaki (1986) is of particular interest in terms of differentiating performance at the highest level of competence, which is expertise. They distinguish between two broad categories of expertise, “routine expertise” and “adaptive expertise”. Routine expertise is characterized by a high level of technical proficiency across the typical range of real world problem solving contexts. However, as problems become less familiar or novel, the performance of routine experts can dip significantly. In contrast adaptive experts can reframe problems in different ways, modify or invent strategies and combine skills to deal much more effectively in solving such problems.

6 Research shows that effective professional development abides by the following principles The duration of professional development must be significant and ongoing to allow time for teachers to learn a new strategy and grapple with the implementation problem (to implement newly learned methods is challenging because in learning a new skill, the memory and understanding aspect is rarely as difficult as the doing – hence people get frustrated and give up; also teachers don’t want to create confusion for students) There must be support for a teacher during the implementation stage that addresses the specific challenges of changing classroom practice Teachers’ initial exposure to a concept should not be passive, but rather should engage teachers through varied approaches so they can participate actively in making sense of a new practice Modelling has been found to be a highly effective way to introduce a new concept and help teachers understand a new practice The content presented to teachers shouldn’t be generic, but instead grounded in the teacher’s discipline (pp 3-4)

7 Supporting the Development of Adaptive Expertise In the context of education, Hatano & Inagaki note the following important supporting factors: the extent to which the situation has flexibility of options, rather than rigid procedures, to enable exploration of new approaches the degree to which people can tackle problems with a degree of playfulness and acceptance of some risk in terms of it not working out in practice an organizational culture that encourages better practice from professionals as a key goal – even when trying new versions of the procedural skill may initially be at the cost of efficiency. (p.270)

8 Teacher as Intellectual as compared to Teacher as a Technician Teacher as Technician represent a competent application of the Core Principles of Learning Teacher as Intellectual can also do this, is an Adaptive Expert. This is A Creative Teacher Requires time and resources which allows teachers to think through and create innovative teaching methods (p.23)

9 Teacher professional learning and development. Timperley, H. International Academy of Education, Education Practices Series 18, 2008 “Professional knowledge and skills that do have a positive impact on student outcomes are consistent with evidence-based principles of teaching effectiveness ” (p.10) The core question is, “What do we as teachers need to learn to promote the learning of our students: Nature of the content or understanding to be developed and the skills to be refined Need to identify what their students do What they themselves need to learn Develop these

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