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Reflections on Teaching Practice

  • 1.  Reflections on Teaching Practice

    Posted 04-01-2021 07:26 AM
    Happy new year everyone !
    As a reflection on 2020, what is your best teaching practice that you can recall from "last year".
    What are the positive outcomes that you can qualify as success criteria to that teaching model?

    I'm very interested to learn more from everyone's experience here.
    Thank you.

    Best

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    YousraFerchichiTunisiaMs.
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  • 2.  RE: Reflections on Teaching Practice

    Posted 05-01-2021 10:52 AM
    Hello Yousra, welcome to our TESOL community.
    The best practice I tried using last year is called PAUSE. I teach in a teacher ed online program where I attended a workshop on how to use PAUSE with students. PAUSE is all about giving feedback and stands for:
    P- praise
    A- applicable
    U- understandable
    S- specific
    E- encouraging
    After attending this workshop, I started paying attention to how I give feedback. I am yet to hear from students on wether or not they find it effective.

    Yuliya Summers
    MyTESOL Lounge Coordinator

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    Yuliya Summers
    United States
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  • 3.  RE: Reflections on Teaching Practice

    Posted 05-01-2021 12:31 PM
    Edited by Yousra Ferchichi 06-01-2021 11:48 AM
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    Hello Yuliya !
    Thanks for sharing this amazing idea.
    Giving and receiving feedback is very important and should be done tactfully.
    The PAUSE method seems to be very useful.
    If there will be another upcoming workshop, I would be interested to know more about the technique.

    For a student centered approach, Teacher-student, Student-Student, Student-Teacher feedback contributes to a positive learning environment.
    If I can add a point to your valuable comment. I learned a new approach called "feedforward" which is a much more suggestive way of improving students' performance.
    I recently came across this chart.
    You can check it out for further details and let me know what you think?

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    YousraFerchichiTunisiaMs.
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  • 4.  RE: Reflections on Teaching Practice

    Posted 07-01-2021 12:12 PM
    Yousra, thank you for sharing. I have not seen this chart, interesting. Feedback vs Feedforward, I will make sure to save it, it is kind of like PAUSE.
    I noticed that in my prior feedback, I sometimes did not tell them how solve the issue. S (specific)  in PAUSE is similar to Impact in your chart, a step by step plan for improvement.  I have my PAUSE in front of me when grading, it takes times getting used to new ideas and putting them in practice.

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    Yuliya Summers
    MyTESOL Lounge Coordinator/Volunteer
    United States
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  • 5.  RE: Reflections on Teaching Practice

    Posted 07-01-2021 02:59 PM
    Hi Yuliya,
    You're more than welcome.

    I came across this chart very recently and thought it might be useful to share it for further reflection.
    Exactly. As you said, the chart and the PAUSE technique coincide in the impact phase.
    It's a good idea to keep the PAUSE in front of you while grading. The feedback we give to our students has much more impact with assessments so they know which areas they're good at and which ones to improve.

    Most of all, students remember well not only what we teach them, but also how we do that.

    Thank you very and I'm really so happy to have exchanged ideas with you.
    All the best

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    Ms. Yousra Ferchichi
    Tunisia
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  • 6.  RE: Reflections on Teaching Practice

    Posted 06-01-2021 11:14 AM
    I've not used this approach, Yulia, but --in addition to being good advice-- I like that the acronym spells PAUSE. It is a good reminder during the pandemic that I might need to provide more wait time after posing questions in my "traditional" classes that are now meeting virtually/online face-to-face due to the pandemic.

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    Christine Nicodemus

    Department Chair- Humanities, Social Sciences, & Fine Arts, Wayne Community College (USA)
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  • 7.  RE: Reflections on Teaching Practice

    Posted 06-01-2021 11:46 AM
    I agree with you Christine :)

    I also liked the acronym PAUSE that Yuliya mentioned. The term is valid both ways for students and teachers.
    We should be empathetic towards ourselves and our students who might be facing techincal issues during online lessons for example.
    As educators, we should also be mindful of students with learning difficulties because they have their own pace.
    I personally use every possible technique to improve the learning experience of my students. I elicit, I check their understanding etc...

    P- praise
    A- applicable
    U- understandable
    S- specific
    E- encouraging

    I think this model creates a safe and positive learning environment for your students Yuliya.
    Thanks for sharing.
    I hope you're all safe and healthy during this pandemic !

    Best wishes


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    YousraFerchichiTunisiaMs.
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  • 8.  RE: Reflections on Teaching Practice

    Posted 11-01-2021 10:30 AM
    Hello everyone,

    I really like the acronym, I think these are the practices that make teaching successful, so I have already copied it. I agree with the fact that we need to be empathic to those students who have a different pace at learning and being an encouraging teacher can make the difference in the lives of our students.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Carla



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    Carla Salinas de las Munecas
    American International School of Bolivia
    Bolivia
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