It’s not really for us to say. But it would definitely be a good idea to find out.
Are your learners succeeding? Only you can answer this. What are your drop out and student satisfaction rates and results telling you?
Given your cohort, are fewer learners than you would expect accessing future life, learning and work opportunities as a result of attending your classes?
If the answer to those two questions is ‘no’, then the next question you might ask is “What are the learning needs, aka barriers to progress, that are standing in the way of student success? Why aren’t they accessing what lies beyond their studies with me?”
Here’s the nub of it. And you need to be honest here. Do you know precisely what these barriers to learning are? And do you have access to ways to overcome them? By this, we don’t mean do you know what content they are failing to understand. We are pretty sure you know this. We mean, have you identified the learning behaviour that is behind this failure? Easy to say?
Let’s face it, there are many ways you could and probably are looking at to change things around. So why might HOW2s be relevant?
Time for a break. Take a look at this video. Less than one minute long and, who knows, it could change how you look at professional learning forever
It may be worthwhile reminding ourselves that the job of the HOW2s is to provide anyone in a teaching role with practical teaching solutions to the barriers to learning aka learning needs that crop up whilst teaching. So a good question to ask is “What barriers or learning needs crop up in your classrooms, workshops or work-places?
The questionnaire below is used by our customers to connect to their context. Notice the focus on learning behaviour and the links through to HOW2 teaching solutions on the app (as shown on the video).
Identify student learning needs aka barriers to progress and link through to solutions
If you’d prefer to scroll rather than click here’s a small sample of the questions from the questionnaire. (You can always download the questionnaire later)
Are learners sometimes reluctant to talk about knowledge and skills learned or about their progress?
Do learners sometimes have difficulty recalling in the long term, recalling knowledge from memory, and revisiting content from previous sessions?
Is progress hindered by learners struggling to understand what great work looks like?
Do your learners have difficulty planning for practical or written tasks and have difficulty carrying out a plan?
Are learners sometimes overwhelmed by the volume of what they have to learn?
Do learners sometimes struggle to concentrate when you are working through complex subject content with them?
Do your learners sometimes lose focus and go off task when working alone or in pairs or groups?
Do difficulties comprehending written text or the spoken word make accessing subject matter for your learners difficult?
Notice the focus on learning behaviour in the questionnaire and, on the video, you’ll have seen the way educators can quickly link through to HOW2 teaching solutions on the app.
We noticed that in England at least, a lot of teacher assessment was summative rather than formative and at best only pointed educators to what they might or need to do to improve rather than“how” they can meet the identified needs.
Recently, our community of colleges in the UK asked us to help them bridge the gap between face to face coaching and the online solutions offered by HOW2s. The coaching cards in the video below are the result. (One minute, forty-two seconds)
You’ll see that the questions on the cards are the same as the ones on the questionnaire which are the same as the ones on the app.