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Authentic Voices

What is an authentic conversation? 

It is a reflective learning conversation with a new teacher based upon evidence.
During this Teacher reading to studentsconversaton, ATs deconstruct events and teaching practice.


Why have it? 

To assist TCs to reflect upon their teaching practice and move towards
inquiry about students and their needs. 

 

What are the roles of an effective mentor? 

As a consultant, you offer support and resources. Teacher with a student

As a collaborator, you create challenges and encourage growth.

As a coach, you facilitate a professional vision. 

Bringing Research into Practice: An OISE/TDSB Research Project to Support the Mentoring Practices of Associate Teachers

Authentic Voices from the Field: Associate Teachers Talk About the Effective Feedback

Abstract: An Associate Teacher was filmed during pre- and post-lesson debriefing sessions with two Teacher Candidates during the OISE practicum placements. By watching and discussing the filmed debriefing sessions on the digital resource, Associate Teachers began to examine their own questioning and feedback practices. More

This webinar resource for Associate Teachers includes three strategies which may help as you engage your Teacher Candidate in reflective conversations. Please read the description of the technique before 
viewing the video. The videos took place in elementary classrooms, but the 3 strategies can be easily for secondary.

Strategies

Strategy #1: FOCUSED OBSERVATION

Prior to a lesson, ask the Teacher Candidate to identify an area of teaching that s/he would like the Associate Teacher to provide feedback on. This area becomes the focus of the Associate Teacher's observation of the lesson and the feedback session.

Resources for Associate Teachers:

  
Video - 00:32 min

Strategy #2: SCALING QUESTIONS

Asking TCs to rate their own performance on a scale of one to ten, allows them to participate in a guided reflective process with the goal of incremental improvement. 

Resources for Associate Teachers:

Video - 2:48 min

Strategy #2: PARAPHRASING

Asking TCs to rate their own performance on a scale of one to ten, allows them to participate in a guided reflective process with the goal of incremental improvement. 

Resources for Associate Teachers:

  • A variety of lesson plan feedback forms can be found on the Forms & Resources page

Video - 01:02 min

 

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