I Want A Certificate In High Leverage Teaching Practices

Introduction

The High Leverage Teaching Practice (HLTP) Modules have been designed to act as a Blended Learning (BL) approach to continuous professional development for in-service teachers where some of the learning takes place online, at the learner’s own pace, and other learning takes place in a face-face situation through the support of mentoring. High Leverage Practice’s (HLP’s) have been identified by the University of Michigan as the 19 basic fundamentals of teaching, used across subject areas, grade levels, and contexts. They are considered high leverage not only because they matter to student learning but because they are basic for advancing skill in teaching, no matter who you are teaching. Informing the development of the HLTP Modules, the 19 HLP’s (University of Michigan) were distilled into 8 themes which form the core content of the 8 HLTP Modules (TELLAL Institute) and unpack basic pedagogical and instructional strategies around student thinking, meeting student needs, organisation and behaviour management etc.

In order to promote robust and usable knowledge, participants are engaged in situated, active, constructive and authentic learning activities. In this way, what one learns, and can then do, is textured with the context and situation with which it was learned. Activities and assessment approaches have been created so that teachers are supported via lesson observations and feedback from a mentor to reflect upon the impact of their teaching, benchmark their skills as well as identify personalized next steps, specific to their teaching practice and context. They are designed as a resource for school situated, personalised, practice-based learning which means there is scope for a school to utilise the resources within, in a way which suits the needs and wants of their teachers.

Mentoring

 In order to aid meaningful, sustainable and lasting personal and professional development, participants will be provided with a mentor from within their school or network of schools. A mentor is someone who facilitates and assists another’s development. Mentoring is defined as a professional partnership in which a More Knowledgeable Other (MKO) otherwise known as the mentor, assists another (the mentee) in developing specific skills and knowledge that will enhance the less-experienced person’s professional, personal and career growth.

Throughout a HLTP Module, mentors will work with up to 5 mentees. The intention is to ensure that the mentors have the right amount of time to provide to each mentee, as required. Moreover, through working in groups mentors can support and provide mentees with an opportunity to also learn from their peers.

Mentoring has benefits for both mentees and mentors alike. Some of these are:

 Benefits for the Mentor

  • Improved productivity and performance
  • Enhancement of knowledge and skills
  • Career advancement
  • Leadership development
  • Greater confidence, well-being, commitment and motivation to develop

 Benefits for the Mentee

  • Improved self-awareness
  • Greater job satisfaction
  • New learnings from sharing own knowledge
  • Enhanced relationships with colleagues
  • Enhanced appreciation of contribution to the teaching profession

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