Daily Archives: November 13, 2009

I’m TPL-ing: Teacher Professional Leave 2010 – We’re off and racing in Victoria!

Today was the first Teacher Professional Leave Team Day and its come along at the right time in my career. Engaging and conversing with a new group of educators from different settings is always refreshing and something we don’t do enough. My TPL partner Jenni and I took the train to the city and arrived at our destination for the day… and  we were not disappointed. Looking out over the city from an amazing penthouse apartment redesigned into a very comfortable work space set the scene for an informative and engaging day…and lunch, well that’s another post.  Amazing!

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On a serious note, Day 1 really made us appreciate how fortunate we are to be involved in this program. After reflecting upon why we initially applied for TPL, we started to discover what the e5 Instructional Model represents. 

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We were also given our very own copies of the ‘e5 Black Album’ (the complete e5 Instructional Model manual) ,so I’ll be referring to it here. We’ve all had one of those ‘ah ha’ moments when past knowledge and new knowledge combine to form a new understanding, well, I think we had one of those moments.  This new knowledge will now guide our inquiry into best teacher practice.

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The e5 Instructional Model is about describing and recognising what teachers do in classrooms which engage students in quality teaching and learning. Quality transactions between teacher and student significantly improves  student learning outcomes and this has been well researched. We need to have an understanding of what this looks like, feels like and sounds like in action.

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Darrell Frazer, Deputy Secretary, Office for Government School Education articulates this well in ‘The Black Album’ . He states:

‘In order to improve teacher practice, teachers must not only understand what it looks like to improve in different domains of learning, but they must also believe they are capable of improving their practice.’

‘The e5 Instructional Model is not a recipe for teacher practice but rather a framework to inform conversations and guide the observation, critique and reflection of classroom practice. ‘

‘I invite every educator to engage with the e5 Instructional Model as a framework for defining what high quality instruction looks like in the Victorian government education system.’

Another powerful quote contained in this document has been taken from Elmore 2004, School Reform from the Inside Out (Harvard Education Press, Cambridge, MA)

‘Over the long term it is impossible to improve student performance without eventually improving  the quality of teaching and learning that occurs in classrooms and schools.’

Over the weeks to come I’ll be researching and writing about the e5 Instructional Model in detail and outlining our TPL inquiry. Thank you to our presenters Kaye Fletcher, Jennifer Gervasoni and Catharine Kleinitz for a terrific day.

Cheers Nina

Upcoming Post: A 5 Year Old’s  Journey into Literacy: Mapped for a Year- An Interwoven Weave.

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