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Pedagogy for classical studies

Pedagogy is the ‘how’ of teaching. Together with content knowledge, it forms the core of our body of professional knowledge.

This section looks at approaches that have been shown to be effective with diverse learners, and it examines how teachers can know that their teaching is working.

Teacher actions promoting student learning

Effective classical studies teachers use a range of approaches to support student learning. The New Zealand Curriculum offers generic information about effective pedagogy and describes a process for ‘teaching as inquiry’.

This cyclical process provides a framework that can help teachers to plan strategically and respond to the effects of their teaching, that is, to think about how they’re teaching and whether it’s working.

For example, is your teaching teacher directed or is it student directed? Is it whole class, group work, or individual work? Is it text centered, discussion based, or resource based? How are you monitoring student engagement? How do you get feedback from your students? Do you informally conference with them? Do you conduct class surveys – online or paper based?

Assessment in classical studies

Good assessment practice, including summative as well as diagnostic and formative assessment, is part of good teaching.

Last updated July 16, 2015