Teaching is all about quality

A COMMONSENSE approach to teaching creates quality teachers, according to a keynote speaker in town for a teaching conference.

The Quality Teaching Conference at Opal Cove attracted more than 500 teachers and school executives to Coffs Harbour this week for a range of workshops and addresses designed to improve their teaching.

Keynote speaker and chief architect of the NSW Quality Teaching Framework, Dr James Ladwig, said the model has three dimensions of practice.

"One, look at the intellectual quality of the work; two, ensure a quality learning environment and, three, highlight the significance or reason for the student doing the work," Dr Ladwig said.

"It's a commonsense approach that helps teachers do their jobs better."

Dr Ladwig said while some teachers were sceptical about the model, others have been enthusiastic in their praise.

"The idea is to let teachers have time to focus on what they do best."

Conference organiser Robyn Hawkshaw said teachers from Tea Gardens to Tweed Heads have given the second annual conference a resounding thumbs up.

"There's been a real buzz and the teachers are happy to get lots of ideas and information they can put into practice in classrooms," Ms Hawkshaw said.

"The conference fosters a feeling of meeting together as colleagues."



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