For teaching to be effective you need to do this. How and when you do it, is up to you.
This is my current thought on teaching. We are increasingly aware of what generally ‘works’ in teaching; that which increases the amount of learning. A culmination of watching successful teachers and research, give us a good idea of what things teachers can include in their practice that promotes learning over other strategies.
Think of the best teachers you’ve met or worked with. What made them great? What did they do that seemed to have most impact?
Suggested ‘things that (might) work’ from research are here:
We can keep on saying “Leave teaching to teachers. They’re the professionals” however having worked with many different teachers over my career, I believe it would be negligent of leaders, in all cases, to ‘leave it to teachers’. It’s an ideal but it’s not a reality.
This isn’t to say that there aren’t plenty of unknown things that may work and work even better. However, at this point in time, we believe these specific things matter and make a bigger difference than other things. We need to include them in our lessons.
In the mean time, if we want the best for learning, should we say to teachers “Your teaching must include these things, but how and when you do them is up to you”?
I think we do.