Saturday, November 27, 2010

Lesson @ NIE (16 Nov 2010)

Today's lesson moved on to the initiaives in Professional Development.

Agenda as follows:

1) Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
2) Lesson Study
3) Polygons
4) Research Lesson
5) Sample Test @ a Glance

Essential Take-aways from the lesson.

1) A good education system is made up high quality teachers who are constantly upgrading and improving themselves.

2) PLCs, formed in 2009, is a platform to move towards a good education system by allowing teachers to come together to work collaborative, exchange ideas on learning and teaching and engage in research - reaching a higher level of professional competence and standing.

3) Three guiding principles of PLC
  • Ensuring Students learn
  • Building A Culture of Collaboration
  • Focusing on Student Outcomes

4) 4 Critical Questions in PLC

  • What is it we expect students to learn?
  • How will we know when they have learned it?
  • How will we respond when they don't learn?
  • How will we respond when they already know it?

Links to more information on PLC:

http://www.academyofsingaporeteachers.moe.gov.sg/cos/o.x?c=/ast/pagetree&func=view&rid=1068655

http://www.academyofsingaporeteachers.moe.gov.sg/ast/slot/u2621/t.E.D._1st_issue.pdf

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