Teacher Learning Groups
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 02:34
Teacher Learning Groups is a New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA) initiative being piloted in 2013.
Following a review of the PPTA professional conference, Executive decided to support professional activities that are more teacher directed, locally connected, on-going and based on good evidence for what helps teachers to learn.
The reasons for PPTA establishing Teacher Learning Groups are to:
- provide an opportunity for teachers to have funded, collaborative professional learning that is broader and more self-directed than much of what is currently available
- connect PPTA with what teachers care about "“ discussions about teaching and learning
The choice of the three facilitators will be made by PPTA based on:
- The likely interest in their chosen topic
- The relevance to secondary teachers of their proposed topic
- The facilitator's professional credibility and aptitudes for the role.
Examples of the types of topic that could be explored by the groups include:
- Teaching in open-plan modern learning environments
- Use of a particular technology for enhancing student engagement and achievement
- A cross/inter curricular inquiry
- A focus on building safe and peaceful classrooms "“ e.g. a particular restorative practice approach
The purpose of each group is determined by the participants, but these are envisaged as encompassing methods and approaches such as:
- Action research
- Professional conversations
- Book study groups
- Subject or theme based inquiries
The groups will be funded for a small amount of teacher release (half-days) and some venue costs and catering.