This was an interesting article about AITSL and the impact it can potentially have on the educators, teachers etc. My understanding of AITSL have always been minimal. I do not know much about it and have only found out about it this year. As far as I can understand, AITSL seems to me a governing “body” that maintains the standards of teacher quality in our education system. Correct me if I am wrong?
I would like to make comments on two statements that John Hattie made. The first is:
Teachers must be supported to implement practices that have been shown to improve teaching – evaluating their impact, seeking feedback about their practices, working together, and engaging in effective professional learning.
My question when it comes to this is: What does he mean by “shown to improve teaching?” In today’s educational world, we are bombarded by an influx of strategies and techniques that have been “shown” to be effective whether it be locally or internationally. The only constant thing about education, in my opinion, is change. There is always change and improvement, new things to implement and new curriculum standards to consider. I think it needs to be a bit more specific – John Hattie’s statement of “improved teaching”. What do we mean when we say we want our teaching to “improve?” And what constitutes improvement? Is it progress? Is it growth in results? Is it Naplan scores? Because they do not all co-relate. And I believe it means one thing in one school but something else in another.
Second thing that John Hattie said that I found interesting:
And if our “best” teaching or “best” whatever are not working, then we must change and use different methods – not criticise the students, parents, systems, time, resources.
I have read somewhere in another article (don’t ask me where, I can’t remember!) that teachers make the most impact in student engagement, progress and effective learning. Here, John Hattie pretty much confirms that. Other factors matter less, although it could effect us (class size, technology, lack of resources etc), it is the teacher and the relationship between students that effect the learning environment the most. John Hattie challenges all teachers to look at themselves instead of first blaming outside factors or circumstances. He also suggests that sometimes it is the small things that teachers can change that can make an impact. I see it as: It is easier for teachers to change themselves and their teaching than for the student or their parents to change.