TSA Implementing quality lessons - supervisor notes
The purpose of these notes is to familiarise supervisors with the course and provide specific support to facilitate optimal implementation with teachers in their professional setting.
Supervisor's support notes
About this course
From differentiation, to asking effective questions, to giving quality feedback, this practical course will help teachers plan and implement their lessons using up-to-date teaching strategies and techniques that have been shown to have a substantial positive impact on student learning. As they progress through the course, teachers will apply these strategies and techniques to their practice and in the process, expand their repertoire that they can draw on in all classes, across all grades, throughout their teaching career.
Throughout the course teachers will draw upon the theoretical findings of prominent research including the work of Hattie, Black and William amongst others.
There are 4 parts to this course. Various tasks require the teacher to apply what they have learnt in their school context as part of the course.
Completing this Teaching Standards in Action (TSA) course – Implementing quality lessons will contribute 10 hours of NESA registered professional development addressing 1.5.2, 2.1.2, 2.2.2, 3.3.2, 3.4.2, 3.5.2, 4.2.2, 5.1.2, 5.2.2, 5.4.2, 6.1.2, 6.2.2 and 6.3.2 from the Australian professional standards for teachers (the standards) towards maintaining proficient teacher accreditation in NSW.
Understanding the role of the 'supervisor'
The term ‘supervisor’ is intended to be interpreted flexibly here. For example a ‘supervisor’ may be a school executive, an expert teacher, a teacher mentor or any teacher with a responsibility for leading the professional learning of others.
Your role as the ‘supervisor’ in these courses is to meet with the teachers at the recommended points in the course and support the teacher to make connections between the course content and the context in which they work.
Degree of involvement
The TSA courses can be successfully completed with varying degrees of support from a supervisor. In an ideal scenario the ‘supervisor’ will work closely with a group of teachers providing regular feedback and support about the application of course content to classroom practice and differentiate delivery accordingly. It is understood however that in some circumstances it may only be possible for supervisors to have minimal involvement.
Advice for implementation
The courses are designed with the characteristics of powerful professional development (PD) embedded within their structure. To maximise the impact of these characteristics, strategic planning of how best to enable teachers to embrace and embed the professional learning content into sustainable teaching practices will be beneficial. Every context will benefit from different enablers and supervisors are encouraged to think creatively and innovatively in how they implement the TSA courses.
Course completion and recognition of NESA registered PD hours
Teachers maintaining their accreditation will have their PD hours for this course recognised as NESA registered PD.
A record of their course completion will be automatically transferred to their NESA online account once course completion conditions are met. These course completion conditions are as follows:
- completion of all tasks and professional readings
- reflection is completed at the end of each part of A, B and C
- completion of all course evaluation questions in Part D: Reflection.
Before the PD hours can appear in a teacher’s NESA PD progress report, teachers will need to complete a course evaluation in their NESA online account.
Supervisor meeting discussion points
At each meeting, the teacher will focus on these discussion points:
Part A will focus on:
- the key features of the Gradual Release of Responsibility model
- how they are currently using this model in their teaching
- Hattie’s techniques for successful learning
- how they are currently using the techniques mentioned by Hattie.
Part B will focus on:
- their understanding of modelled, guided and independent teaching strategies
- how they will use modelled, guided and independent teaching strategies in their lesson/s
- how they will use differentiated instruction, scaffolding and grouping in their lesson/s.
Part C will focus on:
- how they will sequence learning in manageable chunks
- how they will apply pacing, timing and transitions to their lesson/s
- how they will offer managed choice in their lesson/s
- how they will use effective questioning in their lesson/s
- how they will provide opportunities for quality feedback
- how they will provide opportunities for self and peer assessment.
Part D will focus on:
- what they have learned about designing a quality lesson
- how their thinking has changed
- how they have changed the way they plan lessons.
Part A. Preparation:
- approximately 2 hours long - 3 tasks
- learn about teaching strategies and the Gradual Release of Responsibility model that underpins them
- learn about lesson planning
- learn about teaching techniques.
Part B. Teaching strategies:
- approximately 3 hours long - 2 readings, 2 tasks
- apply Modelled, Guided and Independent Teaching strategies to a lesson plan
- apply differentiated instruction, scaffolding and grouping to a lesson plan
Part C. Teaching techniques:
- approximately 4.5 hours long - 6 tasks
- incorporate research-based
- refine the lesson before delivering it in the classroom.
Part D. Reflection:
- approximately 0.5 hours long - 2 tasks
- review what you have learned during the course
- review the standard descriptors you have demonstrated.
- Supervisors should view course content to familiarise themselves with TSA Implementing quality lessons.