1st Edition

So... What Does an Outstanding Teacher Do? A Visible Learning Evidence Based Approach

By Cat Chowdhary Copyright 2023
    132 Pages 60 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    132 Pages 60 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    What distinguishes an Outstanding Teacher? A question asked in numerous interviews - and one that's much easier to ask than to answer. Many teachers will admit they don’t actually know what ‘Outstanding’ looks like. It's not about creating jazz hands lessons for a one-off observation, through 'prepping, stressing and box-ticking'. It isn’t something that can be achieved in a single lesson. It is a craft that needs developing like any other skill. This guide expands on previous works by discussing long-term development, the benefits of embedding skills, learner attributes and the impact of COVID.

    Influenced by John Hattie's Visible Learning research, So…What does an Outstanding Teacher Do? provides practical guidance and opportunities for self-reflection for teachers who want to maximise their positive impact on students’ learning. Areas covered include:

    • Feedback
    • Student voice
    • Self-regulation
    • Teachers working collectively
    • Differentiated learning objectives
    • SOLO Taxonomy
    • Questioning and observation

    Chowdhary provides teachers with recommendations for enhancing practice that easily apply to any classroom, regardless of their subject, speciality or position. Whether you are a PGCE Student, an ECT or a practising teacher, this book is a practical and accessible guide for any teacher who aspires to maximise their positive impact and become truly outstanding.

    1. Introduction;  2. Differentiated Learning Objectives and SOLO Taxonomy;  3. Questioning the Smart Way;  4. Piagetian Programmes and Metacognition - How Children Learn;  5. The Importance of Feedback;  6. Self-Efficacy - Developing Staff and Students;  7. Collective Teacher Efficacy;  8. Index


    Cat Chowdhary is Head of English and Media Studies. She has 10 years of experience working in the education sector, following the National Curriculum both in the UK and abroad. She is also a regular blogger on Teaching and Learning, particularly focusing on the work and research of John Hattie.