When you hear the term ‘Quality Teaching Rounds’, throw away any image that springs to mind of you in your first class as a student teacher - that is what it ISN’T!
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What it IS, is a remarkable new way for teachers to gain feedback on their work in the classroom in a supportive and totally confidential environment. A small group of four teachers are released for a day to complete the exercise. A teacher delivers a class observed by three others. After the class, all four use the QTR rubric, developed over many years of research, to describe what they have seen. The rubric itself does the ‘heavy lifting’ of guiding the team to a common language and understanding of quality teaching. The discussion that follows leads to the ‘Ah hah!’ moments when each team member sees the differences to their own delivery in the classroom. The process is then repeated three times over subsequent weeks, so all team members have a chance to be observed.
Working with colleagues from the University of Newcastle, Jenny Gore developed the landmark Quality Teaching Rounds (QTR) approach to teacher development. QTR focuses on teachers collaboratively refining their teaching in ways they experience as professionally rewarding and valuable for ongoing improvement. The celebrated approach is being widely used in government, Catholic and independent schools with excellent results in NSW.
Pascoe Vale Girls’ Secondary College in Melbourne implemented QTR in 2019 following Jenny’s first workshop for VASSP. The following comments from teachers at Pascoe Vale are very instructive: "This is the most I have reflected on my teaching in years" - Fiona, PE teacher (20+ years’ experience) "What QTR provided was a professional and balanced view of my own teaching practice. Where previously I thought I was loved or hated by students I now focus on my strengths but also my goals for the future." - Amber, English teacher/Learning Specialist (6 years’ experience) "I have created a bond with all of those in my QTR group and been able to connect with people outside my Learning Area." - Tara, Drama teacher/ Year Level Coordinator (10+ years’ experience) "I believe QTR has enabled greater trust amongst colleagues." - Shane, Assistant Principal/ English teacher (15 years’ experience)
Quality Teaching Rounds training requires a minimum of three school leaders with classroom teaching duties who have the authority to lead the implementation in their schools. A member of the principal class is recommended.
Cancellation of attendance is required 7 days prior to the workshop.
Numbers are limited so places will be filled in order of registration.
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Enquiries to Ashley Michailaros at firstname.lastname@example.org.