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What works best: 2020 update poster

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The What works best: 2020 update summarises some of the most significant research into effective teaching. It outlines eight evidence-based practices that teachers can use in their classrooms to support improved student learning.

 

How to implement What works best in your classroom

High expectations

Engage students and challenge them to learn new things. Establish clear and consistent expectations for their learning and behaviour, support them to meet those expectations. Tailor your teaching to meet their needs, and engage with parents and carers to encourage them to hold high expectations of their children.

Assessment

Make assessment an integral part of your teaching and learning program. Establish learning intentions, create success criteria and provide effective feedback. Teach your students how to peer and self-assess and to set individual goals.

Explicit teaching

Clearly explain to students why they are learning something, how it connects to what they already know, what they are expected to do, how to do it, and what it looks like when they have succeeded.

Classroom management

Develop high-quality student-teacher relationships. Provide structure, predictability and opportunities for active student participation in the classroom. Actively supervise students to keep them on task, respond to disengagement or disruptive behaviours, and support students to re-engage with learning.

Effective feedback

Be detailed and specific. Focus on how students performed on a particular task, where mistakes were made, and what needs to happen to improve in future.

Wellbeing

Create a safe environment. Increase student's sense of belonging, value students' opinions and perspectives, encourage interest in learning, and promote social and emotional skills.

Use of data to inform practice

Collect data from a wide range of sources, including your observations, class tests, formal exams, student work samples and responses to informal questions.

Collaboration

Connect with colleagues and experts from outside the school. Work together to plan lessons and teaching programs, obseve each others' lessons and provide feedback. Engage in professional discussion and reflection.

Published in Tools for teachers

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What works best summary tiles (PDF, 357.8KB)

 

Practical strategies for embedding high expectations in teaching and learning

  • Consistently challenge all students to learn new things.
  • Establish clear and consistent expectations for learning and behaviour.
  • Guide and support students towards meeting expectations.
  • Engage with parents and carers to encourage them to hold high expectations of their children.

 

Practical strategies for using data in practice in teaching and learning

  • Regularly dedicate time to using data effectively.
  • Collect meaningful data.
  • Analyse the data to monitor student learning and progress.
  • Make teaching decisions based on data analysis goals.

 

Practical strategies for supporting student wellbeing

  • Select and develop strategies to proactively teach healthy coping mechanisms, resilience and self-regulation.
  • Initiate strategies to build a positive learning environment characterised by supportive relationships and regular contact with each student.
  • Target support for different phases of student development and for students who may be at risk.
  • Use collaborative strategies and share with staff, the school community and other agencies as required, to support the wellbeing of students.

 

Practical strategies for effective teacher collaboration

  • Seek professional learning opportunities to share and gain expertise in evidence-based teaching practices.
  • Regularly participate in structured lesson observations that focus on how different teaching approaches impact on student learning.
  • Regularly dedicate time throughout the school year for working with colleagues to plan, develop and refine teaching and learning programs.
  • Work in partnership with colleagues to achieve shared collaboration goals.

 

Practical strategies for embedding explicit teaching in the classroom

  • Prepare for explicit teaching by planning lesson scope, assessing data, reviewing prior learning and balancing teacher-directed, teacher-guided and student-directed learning.
  • Explain, model and guide learning.
  • Monitor student progress and check for understanding.

 

Practical strategies for embedding effective feedback in teaching and learning

  • Reflect and communicate about the learning task with students.
  • Provide students with detailed and specific feedback about what they need to do to achieve growth as a learner.
  • Encourage students to self-assess, reflect and monitor their work.
  • Ensure that students act on feedback that they receive.

 

Practical strategies for using assessment to improve student learning

  • Make student assessment a part of everyday practice.
  • Use assessment to provide students with learning opportunities.
  • Design and deliver high-quality formal assessment tasks.
  • Carefully structure group assessment activities to ensure that students are supported, challenged and able to work together successfully.

 

Practical strategies to support teachers in managing their classrooms effectively

  • Develop high-quality student-teacher relationships.
  • Provide structure, predictability, and opportunities for active student participation in the classroom.
  • Actively supervise students to keep them on task.
  • Respond to disengagement and disruptive behaviours and support students to re-engage in learning.
Published in Tools for teachers

This podcast is part of an eight-part series. In this podcast, Mark Scott, Secretary of the NSW Department of Education, dives into what teacher collaboration looks like in practice and why it is important at Blue Haven Public School. Mark speaks with Substantive Principal and Principal in Residence Literacy and Numeracy, Paul McDermott, Relieving Principal, Dale Edwards, and staff at Blue Haven Public School.

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Part of the conversation on video

This podcast is part of an eight-part series. In this podcast, Mark Scott, Secretary of the NSW Department of Education, discusses what effective classroom management looks like in practice with Strathfield Girls High School Principal, Angela Lyris, and students.

Download the transcript (PDF, 193kB)

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Part of the conversation on video

This podcast is part of an eight-part series. In this podcast, Mark Scott, Secretary of the NSW Department of Education, speaks with Principal, Bob Willetts, and staff at Berry Public School to explore how they use data to provide students with effective feedback and inform their classroom practice.

Download the transcript (PDF, 176kB)

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Part of the conversation on video

This podcast is part of an eight-part series. In this podcast, Mark Scott, Secretary of the NSW Department of Education, speaks with Principal, Paul Sheather, Deputy Principal, Ben Seldon, and students of Northern Beaches Secondary College, Balgowlah Boys Campus. Mark hears first-hand how the school’s focus on explicit teaching has helped it become one of the state’s top performing schools in English.

Download the transcript (PDF, 144kB)

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Part of the conversation on video

This podcast is part of an eight-part series. In this episode, Mark Scott, Secretary of the NSW Department of Education, speaks with Cecil Hills High School Principal, Mark Sutton, about how every student is known, valued and cared for in a large, comprehensive high school. Students give insights into some of the ways their school supports student wellbeing.

Download the transcript (PDF, 133kB)

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Part of the conversation on video

This podcast is part of an eight-part series. In this episode, Mark Scott, Secretary of the NSW Department of Education, speaks with Trangie Central School principal, Anne Holden and her students about how their school has embedded a culture of high expectations.

Her students give insights into how those high expectations motivate them and provide them with a positive learning environment.

Download the transcript (PDF, 177kB)

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Part of the conversation on video

This podcast is part of an eight-part series. In this episode, Mark Scott, Secretary of the NSW Department of Education, speaks with Homebush West Public School principal, Estelle Southall and her students about how their school embeds effective feedback in their practices. She describes how students at Homebush West seek out and value feedback and how teachers support students to work towards staged improvement.

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Part of the conversation on video

This podcast is part of an eight-part series. In this episode, Mark Scott, Secretary of the NSW Department of Education, speaks with Rooty Hill High School principal, Christine Cawsey and her students about how Rooty Hill embeds assessment in school practice.

From developing assessment-centred classrooms, to empowering students to identify and monitor their progress, hear how Rooty Hill is improving student outcomes.

Download the transcript (PDF, 180kB).
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Part of the conversation on video

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