Teaching As Inquiry
Tokoroa Kāhui Ako have begun to explore the elements of an effective Teaching as Inquiry. This has been one of the main foci areas for 2020 in order to continue to grow teacher efficacy and raise student achievement. We believe that it is critical to continue to grow ourselves as lifelong learners so that our tamariki are continuously gaining from our knowledge, skills and practice.
We use the Spiral of Inquiry by Timperley, Kaser and Halbert as our guide to completing an effective cycle. Check out some of the professional learning we have completed, as well as some examples of what an effective Teaching as Inquiry (TAI) looks like.
the spiral of inquiry model
Timperley, Kaser & Halbert, 2014 taken from:
This reading unpacks the research behind the Spiral of Inquiry and how it has the potential transform impact for students. It breaks down and gives examples for the areas of:
* Developing a Hunch,
* Taking Action,
It also has key prompt keys that may help you during the Spiral of Inquiry. For more useful information and tools to help you during this process, visit: http://www.educationalleaders.govt.nz/Pedagogy-and-assessment/Evidence-based-leadership/The-spiral-of-inquiry
leading coaching conversations through t.a.i:
Session #1: Leading Coaching Conversations through TAI
Session #1 provides you with the why. Mary-Anne takes us through the journey of why TAI is being used as a tool and how it relates and sits alongside the model and modes of coaching.
In this session, revise the areas of the Spiral of Inquiry, learn about the 3 different modes you can be in as a coach and begin to unpack how this fits into your practice.
Session #2: Leading Coaching Conversations through TAI
Session #2 provides you with skills to look deeper at your target students as well as the art of listening.
In this session, think about your target students. Explore the differences between priority learners and target students and unpack what this means for you. Then, explore the secondary example to see how one secondary teacher has shifted their mindset to their target students.
Then, explore the statement "only 2% of people are taught how to listen". Are you a part of this 2%? Use the tools to define the art of listening for you.
Session #3: Leading Coaching Conversations through TAI
Session #3 provides you with the knowledge to understand pre-observation coaching conversations and what evidence gathering means for you.
In this session, we explore an example of an effective TAI. This helps us to understand what types of data we can gather as evidence. It also allows us to look at how coaching conversations can be used with our tamariki to gauge understanding about learning.
Then, use the tools to gather some of your own data with a colleague.
Session #4: Leading Coaching Conversations through TAI
Session #4 provides you with the knowledge to understand post-observation coaching conversations and next steps that fall from these.
In this session, we practise the skills of coaching using a framework of questions to help guide us. Use these to practise on a colleague.
MAM also gives us the tools to help us to complete our own TAI Inquiry Template and a set of data gathering tools. Use these to help gather more focused information about your TAI question/s.
Session #5: Leading Coaching Conversations through TAI
Session #5 provides you with the knowledge to tie it all together.
In this session, we understand how to use the coaching conversation as a mentor, and give back to the person we are coaching.
MAM also gives us the tools to help us to paraphrase and feed back our active listening. Use these and the sets of questions to practise your coaching skills and the art of giving back to your student. Have you found out what type of coach you are?