26 September 2023

New teaching guide to teach teachers

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The Department of Education has launched a new practical guide to help teachers implement effective teaching practices.

The Department said the guide, What works best in practice, had been developed by the NSW Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation (CESE) and included strategies, case studies and reflection questions on eight themes known to improve students’ school experience.

Relieving Executive Director at CESE, Sally Egan said the resources provided teachers with a sound evidence base on quality educational practices that could be used to underpin teaching and learning.

“Students are at the centre of the work we do,” Ms Egan said.

“Focusing on the eight themes, including high expectations, feedback and wellbeing, are essential in supporting our students through their education journey and their learning trajectory,” she said.

“By providing teachers with the latest research and evidence-based practices, outlined in the ‘What works best’ resources, we can assist them as they guide students to achieve academic success.”

Ms Egan said the eight themes were high expectations; explicit teaching; effective feedback; use of data to inform practice; assessment; classroom management; wellbeing; and collaboration.

She said the guide supported the recently released What works best: 2020 report which outlined the latest research and data on the eight themes.

“With the research, strategies and case studies found in the guide and research report, teachers can discern the best ways to use these practices in their own school contexts,” she said.

The CESE’s 40-page guide, What works best in practice, can be accessed at this PS News link.

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