HOW2s are not a CPD programme. They don’t add to teachers’ workload and they don’t disrupt organisations’ existing practices. By making explicit the steps involved in teaching methods — and depicting them visually — HOW2s provide busy teachers with models that are easy to learn and apply.
The HOW2s provide us with an exciting, cost-effective and inspiring way to support our teachers. Crucially, rooted in evidence, they enable us to develop and share best practice across dynamic networks within our growing family of schools.
HOW2s create a common interpretation of a body of teaching techniques through the clarity of their visual models. There’s no CPD activity that we can think of that wouldn’t be enriched by such a comprehensive visual reference to evidence-informed methods. Here’s a few CPD-with-HOW2 examples.
Spending time searching for solutions and creating resources is poor use of a coach’s time. When coaches use HOW2s, they:
It makes your practice more effective, more powerful, more rigorous. Therefore, it improves you as a teacher.
Grade-free observations can boost teacher learning. Use HOW2s to fill the gap between what to improve and how to do it and:
The Harris Academy Rainham is developing its observation and coaching practices in tandem, ensuring that both coaches and teachers have easy access to evidence-informed teaching techniques.
Most teachers don’t have ready access to a coach for the pedagogical support they want. Self study with HOW2s allows teachers to:
I remember my first reaction when seeing them was ‘Wow! Where was this when I did my PGCE?’
Enthusiam for such collaborative ventures is not enough to ensure actionable learning takes place. Adding HOW2s to the mix sees teachers:
Training events have high costs and, mostly, low impact. Training with HOW2s aligns it with what evidence shows works best, equipping it to:
These two group approaches to classroom analysis-planning-and-review are enhanced by HOW2s. They enable teachers to:
See how busy teachers use HOW2s to frame professional learning conversations.