Was the pupil encouraged to analyse problems and take responsibility for their learning?
A key part of a client-centred approach is the development of active problem solving in your pupil. This means that you have to provide time for this to happen and have to stop talking for long enough for your pupil to do the work. The key thing to remember, however, is that different pupils will respond to this invitation in different ways. Some may be able to do it instantly, in a discussion. Others may need to go away and reflect upon a particular problem. They may need to be pointed at readings or other inputs to help them get a handle on the issue. Pushing a pupil to come up with answers on the spot may be unproductive for some.
Indications that all the elements of competence are in place could include:
- providing time, in a suitable location, to explore any problems or issues that arose during the lesson or that were raised by your pupil
- providing timely opportunities for analysis; promptly in the case of risk critical incidents
- taking time and using suitable techniques to understand any problems your pupil had with understanding an issue
- suggesting suitable strategies to help your pupil develop their understanding, such as using practical examples or pointing them at further reading
- giving clear and accurate information to fill gaps in your pupil’s knowledge or understanding
- leaving your pupil feeling that they had responsibility for their learning in the situation
Indications of lack of competence include:
- leaving your pupil feeling that you were in control of the teaching process
- failing to explore alternative ways of addressing a problem – in response to evidence of different learning preferences
- providing unsuitable or incorrect inputs
As part of our chunking we are constantly reviewing and reflecting and adapting lessons based on what we see and what we experience. As part of the review there would be an exchange of ideas which should lead to very fruitful onward plans ensuring all involved know what is happening, what is expected of them and more importantly, why it is happening.