Ten Principles of Good Teaching

I have been reading ‘Classroom Observation: A Guide to the Effective Observaton of Teaching and Learning‘ by Matt O’Leary https://amzn.to/3qxaKZb. This book has lots of really clear information. However one bit that is worth considering; however I really liked O’Leary’s ten principles of good teaching.

  1. Subject knowledge and pedagogy – The good teacher has a sound knowleldge of the subject area and the necessary pedagogic skills to impart their knoweldge.
  2. Contextualizaing and modelling learning – The subject matter is contextualized maningfully and memorably, which enables students to assimilate it to their existing knowleldge and skills and to build on it. Good teachers provide their students with clear models and contextualized examples.
  3. Effective Questioning – Good teachers repeatedly ask their studnetst lots fo questions to check understanding and to provide opportunities for their studnets to consolidate their undersatnding of what they are learning.
  4. Student Engagement – Good teachers stimulate active, cognitive engagement among studnets, regardless of the pedagogic approach adoped by the teacher.
  5. Student ownership, experimentation and hypothesis building – Good teaching encourages students to take ownership of their learning both in terms of the content and process. The good good teacher provides studentst with the opportunity to hypothesize and test out their understanding of the subject matter.
  6. Student differentation and inclusivity – A good teacher is someone who has the ability to manage the differentiated needs of individual students, whilst simultaneously maintaining an inclusive classroom culture.
  7. Managing and monitoring the learning experience – A good teacher embraces their responsibility ofr managing and monitoring the learning experences of their studentst on an on-going basis.
  8. Maximizing student potential – A good teacher is committed to all studnets and their learning, and strives to ensure that everyone maximizes their full potential.
  9. Learning as a social act – Good teaching promotes learning as a socially interactive and collaboratrive process.
  10. Teacher as a reflective practitioner – A good teacher actively reflects on tehir classroom practice adn experiences, and is committed to improving their professional skills and knowleldge throughout their careers.