The Quality Teaching Online website has been developed in partnership between with the University of Newcastle and the NSW Department of Education to support school-based professional development. Quality Teaching Rounds brings together the strengths of professional learning communities, instructional rounds and the Quality Teaching (QT) model.
Quality Teaching Rounds
What are Quality Teaching Rounds?
Quality Teaching Rounds (QTR) is strongly endorsed by the department as a professional learning approach that involves teachers learning together at school or online.
The Rounds use the department's Quality Teaching model as the framework for deep conversation about classroom practice
Teachers work collaboratively in small Professional Learning Communities (PLC), observing each other teach on a rotating basis and discussing and analysing their observations.
Research has found QTR build significant improvements in the quality of teaching and have positive impacts on teacher morale and school culture as a result of encouragement and recognition of teachers' good work. Current research is also exploring the impact of Rounds on student outcomes.
Many teachers do not have the opportunity to watch their colleagues in action and QTR gives that opportunity, leading to powerful conversations about teaching practice.
As little as four half-days of a single set of QTR, typically carried out over one school term, has been shown to produce notable gains. Such striking effects on the quality of teaching overall have rarely been reported in other studies.
Video - How Quality Teaching Rounds changed my teaching life
There are two ways to undertake QTR - either as part of the school experience or online.
Quality Teaching Rounds - within the school
QTR involves four or more teachers working together to observe and analyse lessons in each other's classroom. As teachers observe and discuss teaching, they become more aware of their strengths and what they can improve to help their students learn.
Over one day, teachers will:
- discuss teaching based on a reading proposed by one of the group
- sit in on a lesson taught by one member of the group to observe and analyse the quality of teaching
- independently 'code' the lesson in line with the Quality Teaching model
- re-group to discuss the lesson, and teaching in general.
Quality Teaching Rounds in an online environment
Being in a small or isolated school does not prevent you from participation in QTR. The university has developed QTR Digital to enable schools to set up professional communities across schools using an online environment. Training is undertaken online, lessons are videoed and shared online and professional discussions are conducted online.