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In this assignment you will critically reflect on the factors that contribute to effective lessons in your subject. This should include reference to relevant literature concerning subject pedagogy and general theories of teaching and learning.
You will analyse a sequence of lessons that you have planned and delivered, focussing in on one lesson in particular to illuminate your understanding of effective learning in your subject. You will then go on to discuss the ways in which critical reflection has developed and improved your practice.
Word limit: 4500 words
This guidance is intended to help you to think about how you might plan and structure your work. It is not a writing framework and should be seen as supportive not constraining. The word numbers for each section are indicative only. Please make sure that you read the assignment brief in the module handbook and pay close attention to the full set of learning outcomes and assessment criteria that you will find there.
Your introduction should:
Pass criteria (Level 7)
Selects and synthesises relevant ideas and themes from a range of literature, demonstrating breadth and depth of reading and indicating a developing awareness of how some of these ideas can be applied to teaching and learning in your subject.
In your literature review you will be developing and evidencing your lines of thinking (2- 4) by drawing on evidence from the different genres of literature. You are likely to include aspects of:
You may be drawing on subject specific literature, or applying a more generic literature to particular features of your subject.
You will find it helpful to plan each line of thinking before you start to undertake your writing. Make sure that you have a logical sequence of points that you wish to make and that you have gathered the evidence to support your argument around each point.
Helpful questions to ask:
Uses the literature to critically evaluate the key features of an effective lesson in specialist subject
This is where you bring together your findings from each line of thinking to create a framework which you can use to help you to plan and analyse your own lessons.
Critically analyses the selected sequence of lessons with reference to the underpinning research and scholarship. Demonstrates the ability to reflect on and critically evaluate strengths and improvement targets to develop effectiveness of classroom practice in relation to pupil progress.
It is important that you do not identify at any point in your assignment, the school, school trust/alliance/local authority or any staff or pupils by name. This protects you, because it enables you to comment freely on your practice and any issues arising professionally without risk of repercussions. It keeps you within the law regarding data protection by preserving the anonymity of others.
The suggestion for this section is that you analyse a series of lessons with a particular focus on one lesson from the series. The important sources of information are your lesson reviews and any observations from your host teacher or mentor.
The danger in this section is that you write a description rather than analysing your practice so:
Well-chosen evidence drawn from personal and critical reflection on pupil learning, progress and attainment is synthesised to provide a sound rational for development in relation to professional practice.
This section is your opportunity to demonstrate your professional learning and your developing understanding of effective classroom practice. In this section you can discuss: