We use the Teaching Effectiveness Framework and Rubric to guide our teaching practice.
"Effective teaching practices centre on the importance of learning opportunities that are thoughtfully and intentionally designed to engage students both academically and intellectually" (Friesen, 2009, p.4).
“Sustained knowledge advancement is seen as essential for social progress of all kinds and for the solution of societal problems. From this standpoint the fundamental task of education is to enculturate youth into this knowledge-creating civilization and to help them find a place in it” (Scardamalia & Bereiter, 2006 p. 2).
"The intentional design of assessment-for-learning that invites students to co-ceate assessment criteria with teachers is a powerful strategy that enables students to think deeply about, understand the next steps, and become increasingly self-directed in their learning" (Friesen, 2009, p. 5).
“Effective learning environments are characterized by a series of interdependent relationships....as students experience these relationships and learning environments that support caring, risk-taking and trust, students’ confidence in themselves as learners grows” (Friesen, 2009, p. 6).
Collaborative practice involves professionals working together to develop “effective instructional practices, studying what actually works in classrooms, and doing so with rigorous attention to detail and with a commitment to not only improving one’s own practice but that of others as well” (Mourshed, Chijioke & Barber, 2010, p. 75).