Magazine article Teaching Business & Economics

Beginner Teacher Conference - Preparing to Teach Outstanding Lessons

Magazine article Teaching Business & Economics

Beginner Teacher Conference - Preparing to Teach Outstanding Lessons

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To be an effective teacher you need two types of knowledge: Content Knowledge, that is knowledge of the subject itself and Pedagogical Content Knowledge that is knowledge of the subject in a way that is needed for teaching it At the EBEA Beginner Teacher conference we aimed to help new teachers develop both types of knowledge at the same time.

To do this, delegates took part In a series of demonstration Business Studies or Economics lessons as a student would, but at the same time asked to think about the way in which the subject matter was taught. In this way delegates were both inside and outside of the lesson - 'inside' as students and 'outside' as teachers. As a result we aimed for delegates to directly experience the learning of subject content which is a powerful way of building Content Knowledge as well as having a chance to reflect on and discuss the effectiveness of the teaching methods used in order to build Pedagogical Content Knowledge.

The conference aimed to

* Support the development of subject knowledge

* Increase the quality of teaching of subject specific content

* Increase understanding of the relationship between subject knowledge and particular teaching methods

* Build power of reflection and lesson observation skills

6 lessons were taught on the day by educators who were all recently qualified and were nominated by their PGCE tutors: an invite is very much a reflection of the potential they have. …

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