- Think Pair Share
- Inside / Outside Circles
- Venn Diagram
- Flow Chart
- Round Robin
- Three Step Interview
A tactic is an action employed by a teacher and used by students to enrich or strengthen the learning process. Examples include:
As the academic year draws to a close the TL 21 Team would like to take the opportunity to thank all members of staff for their involvement, continued support and hard work this year. It was the tireless efforts from teachers which enabled the continued success of the TL 21 Programme and the utilisation of Instructional Leadership tactics and strategies in the school.
Below is an array of some of the amazing and innovative teaching practices that have occurred this year in Naas Community College.
Well done to all of our students and teachers!
This month our school focused on using mind-maps effectively.
A mind map is a graphical way to represent ideas and concepts. It is a very simple yet effective tool in helping students organise, generate, comprehend and recall information. Students find creating mind-maps an enjoyable and fun experience whilst also allowing them to structure their thoughts and ideas in a colourful and engaging way.
Below are some pictures of our very talented students making permanent TL21 Traffic Lights which will be displayed outside all classrooms. These traffic lights will indicate whether the class is available to be observed by other teachers.
These permanent traffic lights demonstrate the importance and value that we place on peer collaboration here at Naas Community College and of our commitment to challenge and support our teachers in using the most effective teaching methodologies available.
A massive thank you to Mr. Ryan who designed the traffic lights and guided the students making them.
This month our focal point was on the utilisation of Teams Games Tournaments.
Teams-Games-Tournament is one of the team learning strategies designed by Robert Slavin for review and mastery learning of material. Slavin has found that TGT increased basic skills, students’ achievement, positive interactions between students, acceptance of mainstreamed classmates and self-esteem.
Team Games Touraments allow students to revise in an entertaining, safe and competitive manner.
Some very exciting developments this month with our Instructional Leadership practices in the school. This month saw the establishment of the Teaching and Learning Club, whereby teachers get to meet and discuss Instructional Leadership strategies and allows for the exchange of ideas and practices.
Also for the month of February the strategy that we focused on was Graffiti Boards. This approach gives all students the opportunity to give their views in a safe and fun environment but also enables them to view and engage with their fellow students' work.
For the month of December we focused on the effective utilisation of graphic organisers. Graphic organisers provide a visual method of developing, organising and summarising students learning. Graphic organisers help to organise disjointed information. They facilitate the learning process by providing a scaffold for the development of ideas and construction of knowledge. Visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learners all benefit from using these randomisers.
Tactics, skills and strategies constitute what teachers “do” in the classroom. Concepts and organisers cannot be done, but by bearing them in mind and understanding their importance, teachers can do things to make them come alive. Let us consider the notion of concepts first. Concepts may be defined as “lenses” that enable teachers to understand how, when and where to apply and integrate skills, tactics and strategies. For instance when teachers frame questions effectively (skill) and use tactics such as “Think-pair share”, they are invoking such concepts as student accountability and safety. When teachers take time to relate the learning to students’ experiences (skill), they are helping to make the students’ learning more novel and authentic, as well as promoting student motivation.
with thanks to The ETBI Instructional Leadership Programme
Our strategy for Instructional Leadership in the month of November was the effective utilisation of placemats. Placemats allow all students to actively participate in class activities with the added security of sharing opinions with peers first rather than with the teacher in the first instance. We believe peer collaboration to be a vital element of both classroom based assessment and an excellent tool to facilitate learning.
In October our focus as a school was to promote using the "No hands up" method of questioning and utilising other randomisers as a means of asking students questions. Thus allowing all students the opportunity to have their voices heard and to keep them engaged at all times during the lesson.