I set up a teacher trios initiative with the aim for teachers to coach and support each other in a wide range of pedagogical areas, focusing on the Approaches to Teaching and Learning in the MYP and DP. The initiative puts teachers in groups of three, including teachers from different subject areas in different programmes, giving them the chance to observe each others lessons with common and individual goals. Teacher trios ensures teachers get a wider understanding of the experiences students have in different parts of the Diploma Programme as well as the Middle Years Programme (or any other pre-Diploma Programme course offered at your school). It encourages teachers to coach and support each other in a wide range of pedagogical areas, focusing on the Approaches to Teaching and Learning across both programmes offered at our school.
The Teaching Trios Programme gives teachers the opportunity to gain an understanding of aims, objectives and teaching styles in different subject areas from years 7 to 12. It allows staff to share good practice with their teaching partners without the stress that observations can sometime cause. The programme requires teachers to share the different teaching and learning strategies they implement in their teaching practice with the others in their trio. It is hoped that when teachers are exposed to new teaching and learning strategies they will implement them into their own teaching and learning when necessary. Teacher trios is also a useful tool for teachers to liaise with each other and share ideas on how they support the language development of our students.
As well as sharing good practice, the teacher trios allows staff to discuss the content and learning experiences of their subject group. Teachers will benefit from seeing how their students respond to different experiences and different teaching styles. Teachers are encouraged to pick up new ideas from each other, not just in the form of teaching activities but also in communicating with students, setting up assessment tasks, differentiating learning activities and grading student work.
The Teaching Trios Programme gives teachers the opportunity to:
- Gain an overview of different student learning experiences students come across.
- Gain an understanding of aims, objectives and teaching styles in different subject areas.
- Share good practice with teaching partners.
- Share different teaching and learning strategies you implement in your teaching practice.
- Be exposed to new teaching and learning strategies used implement the Approaches to Teaching and Learning.
- Liaise with teaching partners on supporting the language development of students.
The booklet is designed to inform and support staff throughout the process. It gives a detailed overview of the whole process and includes all the information teachers need to work in their trios, including: The aims and objectives, An overview of the process, Goal setting, How to set and log goals and meetings and The ATL checklist from the IB website to help teachers their goals.
The contents of the teacher trios booklet are:
- Goal Setting.
- Round One handouts.
- Round Two handouts.
- Meeting log.
- Approaches to Teaching.
- Approaches to Learning.
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