Making Teaching Visible
From ‘well-intentioned’ to ‘well-respected’ teaching professionals
Try the empathy lens:
There might be a situation where you encounter a parent who has strong opinions about how a teacher should be doing something differently. In such a scenario, try showing the parent the rationale behind why it is done that way.
There was no occasion where the rigour of the teachers’ pedagogy was being made visible to parents.
Watch Kiran share the origin story behind the teacher led MLV process.
Most of the processes and events that we timetabled through the year were student-led and student centric. Thus, parents were aware of what their children were learning but they didn’t necessarily comprehend the amount of work that teachers were doing to make this growth possible.
We realized that there were many aspects of our rigorous practice that parents were not aware of:
- The research that we were doing about various pedagogical models worldwide, and how we were implementing them
- Our consistent attention to the different ingredients that lead to a child’s holistic development, e.g. social-emotional learning
- The conscious difference in our approaches when dealing with children of different age-groups, based on their brain development needs
there was a way to remind the parents that their children are in the capable hands of professionals?
A timetabled opportunity for teachers to make visible to parents how they had designed the learning process for their students.
In this process, the teacher shares the research and pedagogical rationale behind their practice, so that parents can see and understand the why behind the experiences and learning of their children.
The parents saw that their children were in the care of competent people who were working hard for their children and were deeply invested in their growth.
They also recognized how the educational choices being made were a result of thorough study, combined with experience and intuition.
MTVs have resulted in greater trust being built between parents and teachers. Parents have begun looking at teachers as well-informed professionals who deserve to be respected.
Here is What we Do
This video shows how the “Making Teaching Visible” process is planned and executed
In this video you will see the rationale that underlies the process as well as what teachers need to do in order to prepare effectively. Along with this you will see how the event unfolds, as well as hear some parent reflections on the process.
Meet the Stakeholders
EduHero Ranjhani Iyer teaches English in Key Stage 2 and strives to ensure that each of her students can confidently express their own point of view. She is also actively involved in the sports program as well as in all student productions.
Watch her talk about the various aspects involved in preparation for the MTV.
Watch Ranjhani share her reflections on how the process has benefited different stakeholders in school.
MTV on Play
EduHero Rashida Makati is the much-loved teacher of the youngest students at Riverside. In this video, she explains the thought process behind the MTV on ‘Play’ which she conducted.
Tips for the Leader
- The MTV process for teachers can actually be a great way to ensure your teachers adopt the habit of transferring research into educational pedagogies a regular part of their practice.
- When teachers are presenting the research to parents, it is very important that you ensure they are genuinely up to date about how this research relates to the day to day learning in the classroom, as if they are only memorising for the presentation it defeats the purpose.
- As a leader it is key that you embark on the research journey along with your teachers so that your team see you as a continuous learner too.
- Use your existing professional development sessions and the research you are exploring there to identify areas you want to focus your next teacher MTV on.
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