The article discusses the innovative approach taken by Aston University Engineering Academy (AUEA) for teacher development, emphasising teacher autonomy and practical insights into teaching methods.
The academy, led by David Chapman, has implemented classroom camera technology from ONVU Learning, giving teachers control over recording their lessons. This tool allows them to reflect on their teaching, understand why certain methods work for some pupils but not others, and identify areas for improvement.
The technology helps teachers spot subtle indicators of student engagement and understanding, which can be overlooked during live teaching enabling their teachers to adjust their lessons to maintain student engagement or take steps to manage a challenging group of students more effectively.
The article underscores the importance of teacher-led analysis in improving teaching practices. By focusing more on learning than teaching, teachers at AUEA have been able to refine their methods, leading to increased student engagement and more effective lessons. This approach has fostered a more positive, collaborative, and self-reflective culture among teachers, enhancing their professional development.
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