Over the last eight years, we have provided professional development around teaching and learning to educators around the country. Essential premises of the training include simple, but often counter-intuitive strategies that often fly in the face of methods typically used by educators. The following brief identifies and describes five effective strategies for improving teaching and learning as identified by our research and consulting teams.
Strategy 1: Allow opportunities for teachers to observe teaching and learning
Strategy 2: Observe classrooms in a different grade and subject area
Strategy 3: Reflect on your own teaching when observing other teachers
- Jerry Seinfeld
Strategy 4: Plan lessons around pedagogy
Strategy 5: Make it about the teaching rather than the teacher
States, districts, and schools interested in improving teaching and learning should reflect on these five strategies before jumping into classrooms to observe lessons for professional development. We believe these strategies to be effective in creating safe and supportive learning environments where educators feel safe to take risks and change teaching and learning in schools and classrooms. So, before you do anything, please remember poor George Costanza and DO THE OPPOSITE!