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ACE Teaching Standard 3 - Promote a collaborative, inclusive and supportive learning environment.
ACE Teaching Standard 5 – Design and plan the best learning programme.

Effective teaching requires a combination of well-curated resources and thought-provoking questions to engage learners, promote critical thinking, and facilitate meaningful learning experiences. Utilising a wide range of resources and employing strategic questioning techniques can greatly enhance teaching practice and lead to improved learner outcomes.

Leveraging Resources:

  1. Resources can include textbooks, multimedia materials, online platforms, visual aids, real-world examples, guest speakers, and more.
  2. Well-selected resources cater to diverse learning styles, promote active learning, and provide multiple entry points to grasp complex concepts.
  3. Educators should consider the age, abilities, and interests of their learners when choosing appropriate resources.
  4. Regularly update and diversify resources to keep pace with the evolving needs and interests of learners.

Integrating Questions:

  1. Questions are powerful tools that stimulate critical thinking, promote engagement, and deepen understanding.
  2. Use open-ended questions that encourage learners to analyse, evaluate, and synthesise information rather than relying solely on closed-ended questions that elicit simple factual responses.
  3. Pose thought-provoking questions that challenge learners’ assumptions, encourage them to make connections, and explore multiple perspectives.
  4. Vary the complexity and depth of questions based on learners’ prior knowledge and cognitive abilities.

Strategies for Resource and Question Integration:

  1. Pre-assess learners’ prior knowledge to identify knowledge gaps and tailor resources and questions accordingly.
  2. Scaffold learning by providing a progression of resources and questions that build upon each other, gradually increasing complexity.
  3. Encourage collaborative learning by incorporating group discussions and activities that utilise shared resources and generate meaningful questions.
  4. Model critical thinking by asking follow-up questions that probe deeper into learners’ responses and encourage them to justify their reasoning.
  5. Provide timely feedback on learners’ answers and guide them towards further exploration, helping to refine their understanding.

Reflecting on Teaching Practice:

  1. Regularly evaluate the effectiveness of the resources and questions used in the learning environment.
  2. Seek feedback from learners to gain insights into their engagement, comprehension, and interests.
  3. Collaborate with colleagues to share resources, exchange ideas, and refine questioning techniques.
  4. Embrace professional development opportunities to expand knowledge of available resources and enhance question design skills.