Professional Development Workshops
Establishing professional learning communities in schools is one of the effective means for enhancing teachers’ professional development. Based on the specific needs of individual schools, the Centre renders professional support in helping teachers establish a platform for collegial dialogues and pooling wisdom of members to optimize learning and teaching.
The Centre offers two types of school-based professional development programmes.
1. Staff Development Day Professional Sharing Scheme
Catering for Learning Diversity (Mathematics)
Dr. LAI Meng Choo organised a workshop on the topic of catering for student learning diversity for Chiu Yang Por Yen Primary School on 24 August 2017. She showed examples of classroom teaching in the subject of Mathematics to demonstrate the methods for identifying students’ individual needs as well as using various teaching tools to enhance their learning in the teaching process.
Lesson Observation and Evaluation
A CELT team offered a full-day workshop to United Christian College on the topic of Lesson observation and evaluation on 21 August 2017. It was composed of four experts in the area and they are Dr. KO Po Yuk, Dr. LAI Meng Choo, Ms LEUNG Kit Yan, and Miss CHAN Wing Yan. They introduced theories and demonstrated examples to help teachers apply lesson analysis methods to evaluate classroom teaching. The teacher participants also had an opportunity to observe two videotaped lessons, and hold an after-lesson meeting to practice relevant skills.
The Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) was invited to run a workshop with a focus on Cooperative Learning on the Staff Development Day of SKH St. Simon’s Lui Ming Choi Secondary School on 13 April 2017. The presenters started the workshop with understanding teachers’ previous knowledge of the issue, and engaged the teachers in a variety of activities afterwards. In the first session, the teachers were introduced to relevant theories and strategies – Think-Pair-Share, Think-Write-Pair-Share, and Think-Pair-Square. In the second session, they were exposed to the design of learning activities – Jigsaw Reading, Simultaneous Round Table, and Two Stay Two Stray as well as being provided with an opportunity to design an activity with the elements of cooperative learning. Teachers’ active participation was overwhelming in the entire process of the workshop.
Effective Lesson Observation and Evaluation II
Dr Ko Po Yuk and Dr Lai Meng Choo were invited to conduct a workshop for TWGHs Sun Hoi Directors' College on 24 March 2017. This session was the second part of a series on Lesson observation and evaluation. It put emphasis on the application of Variation Theory in teaching to enhance student learning.
Promoting Classroom Interaction through High-order Thinking Skills
On 13 March 2017, Mr Ho Ka Wa was invited to provide a staff development day for St. Matthew's Lutheran School (Sau Mau Ping). The focus was on the development of students’ high-order thinking skills. The presenter shared examples of lesson design, episodes of classes, methods for asking questions, thinking tools, and skills for organizing group activities with the teacher participants to encourage more teacher-student and student-student interactions for inspiring student thinking.
Training on Learning Study for the Singaporean teachers and collegial sharing between teachers of Hong Kong and Singapore
A team of teachers from Southview Primary School, Singapore, accompanied by their Principal had a study trip in Hong Kong on 21 – 23 November, 2016. During their 3-day visit, Dr. Ko Po Yuk and the staff of CELT had conducted three workshops on Learning Study and organized lesson observations at three different schools, including both primary and secondary levels, for the Singaporean teachers. Each of the three schools visited, namely Fanling Kau Yan College, SKH St. Simon’s Lui Ming Choi Secondary School, and Canossa School (Hong Kong), has its unique experience in self-regulated learning and Learning Study. The post-lesson conferences have provided not only a platform for collegial sharing between the teachers of Hong Kong and Singapore but also contributed to the possibilities of future collaboration between schools of the two regions.
Catering for Learning Diversity
Dr Lai Meng Choo and Mr Ho Ka Wa conducted a workshop on Catering for Learner Diversity for Holy Family School on 18 November 2016. The practical examples provided in the workshop helped the teacher participants realise that by putting theories into practice could help them understand the various learning styles of their students and the significance of taking students’ learning difficulties into account when designing their lessons. Through peer lesson observation and reflection, the teaching effectiveness could further be enhanced to meet the diverse learning needs in the classroom.
Promoting Students’ Higher-order Thinking through Questioning
Mr Ho Ka Wa was invited to conduct a Professional Development Day on “Promoting students’ higher-order thinking through questioning” for The ELCHK Faith Lutheran School on 24 October 2016. The teacher participants actively engaged in discussion, designing subject-based questions and professional sharing.
A Staff Development Workshop on questioning was conducted on 15 October 2016 at Logos Academy by the staff of the Centre for approximately one hundred and fifty teachers from both primary and secondary sections. The workshop commenced with a brief introduction of the relevant theories illustrated with concrete examples of subjects of different Key Learning Areas (KLAs), followed by the design of subject-based questions by the teacher participants. The active engagement of the teachers during the process demonstrated their passion for teaching and the high-quality of their design would inspire students’ higher-order thinking.
Catering for Learner Diversity
Dr. Lai Meng Choo conducted the captioned workshop for Shamshuipo Kaifong Welfare Association Primary School on 3 October 2016. Through the practical examples and their teaching experience, Dr. Lai helped the teacher participants figure out the learning needs of their students, optimize the content of teaching and feedback of student learning so as to solve the learning differences in the classroom.
Questioning and Self-Directed Learning
Miss Jannie Tsang and Miss Leung Kit Yan conducted a workshop for around fifty teachers of CCC Kei Wan Primary School on 30 September 2016 at which the theories of questioning and key elements of self-directed learning (SDL) were discussed and illustrated with concrete examples of the four core subjects. As e-Learning is one of the school major concerns, some Learning Management Systems (LMS) and examples of how e-Learning could be integrated in the teaching of English Language had been shown. Based on the input, the teacher participants had initially worked out some feasible teaching ideas before the end of the workshop. It was found that the workshop was inspiring and had met the developmental needs of the school.
Thematic Workshops for the project schools of the “Support Programme on Fostering Communities of Practice to Enhance Small Class Teaching 2016-2017”
More than 200 participants from the 60 project schools of the “Support Programme on fostering Communities of Practice to enhance small class teaching” in 2016-2017 attended the Thematic Workshops organized by the Centre on 10 September 2016.
The whole-day event commenced with the Welcome Speech and the introduction of the support service of the programme by Dr. Ko Po Yuk, followed by parallel sessions on three different themes: “Self-Regulated Learning” conducted by Professor Chiu Chi Shing, “e-Learning” conducted by Dr. Angus Chan, and “Catering for Learner Diversity” conducted by Dr. Lai Meng Choo. Participants could choose to attend the session according to their own interests or the needs of their schools.
Parallel case-sharing sessions on the four core subjects (Chinese Language, English Language, Mathematics, and General Studies) were held in the afternoon. The selected cases are good practices illustrating how the three different themes integrated in the pedagogical design so as to enhance the learning and teaching effectiveness in small class setting.
A meeting between the teachers of the cluster schools and their respective tutors was held after the case-sharing sessions for them to exchange views and have an initial understanding of the needs of the participating schools. The participants found the workshops inspiring and fruitful.
Effective Lesson Observation and Evaluation
Dr. Ko Po Yuk and Dr. Lai Meng Choo conducted the captioned workshop for TWGHs Sun Hoi Directors' College on 8 September 2016. The workshop demonstrated how to optimize teaching efficacy and student learning through lesson analysis with the practical examples from secondary classrooms.
Ms Jannie Tsang and Ms Leung Kit Yan conducted a Staff Development Workshop for sixty teachers of Canossa Primary School (Hong Kong) on 26 August 2016 at which the key elements of self-directed learning (SDL) were discussed and illustrated with examples on how SDL could be integrated in teaching the four core subjects. Apart from the theory input of flipped classroom, some Learning Management Systems (LMS) had been introduced. The teacher participants commented that the content of the workshop was school-based and was able to address the development needs of the school.
Mr Ho Ka Wa conducted the captioned workshop for CCC Wanchai Church Kei To Primary School on 23 August 2016. The workshop consisted of two parts. The first half of the workshop was the theory input on the functions and effect size of feedback coupled with the recommendations of giving feedback as suggested by the Curriculum Development Institute (CDI). In the second half of the workshop, the teacher participants of the same subjects role-played the task feedback, procedural feedback and self-regulated feedback they designed. Five directions on how to effectively handle the situations when students had given wrong answers had been suggested.
Effective Lesson Observation and Evaluation
Dr. Ko Po Yuk and Dr. Lai Meng Choo conducted the captioned workshop for Chong Gene Hang College on 8 June 2016. The workshop demonstrated how to optimize teaching efficacy and student learning through lesson analysis with the practical examples from secondary classrooms.
Optimising Teacher's Questioning Techniques in Class and Creative Teaching
Mr. Ho Ka Wa conducted the captioned workshop for CMA Secondary School on 23 March 2016. There were two major foci of the workshop: questioning skills and creative teaching. For questioning techniques, the speaker introduced the revised Bloom’s Taxonomy, highlighting the key words (remember, understand, apply, analyze, evaluate and create) of the different levels of difficulties in asking questions. The significant elements of designing questions in terms of their relevance in aligning with the teaching objectives and students’ learning difficulties were discussed.
For creative teaching, the ATDE (Asking, Thinking, Doing, and Evaluation) model of Professor Chen Lung An and three creative teaching strategies (construction of fictitious plot, interpretation through games, and imitation and reconstruction) were shared.
Implementing Self-directed Learning in Small Class Context
Mr. Ho Ka Wa conducted the captioned workshop for HHCKLA Buddhist Wisdom Primary School on 20 November 2015. The rationale of Self-directed Learning (SDL) and the major features of SDL in China and Hong Kong were introduced in the workshop. The teacher participants were engaged in discussion about how to apply the six key principles of small class teaching to promote self-directed learning.
Effective Lesson Observation and Evaluation
Dr. Ko Po Yuk conducted the captioned workshop for CNEC Lau Wing Sang Secondary School on 18 November 2015. The workshop introduced the fundamental theories of lesson observation and evaluation. Case studies of different subjects had been used as examples to illustrate how to apply the theories into school-based lesson observation activities so as to enhance the teaching and learning effectiveness.
Questioning Techniques and Application
Mr. Ho Ka Wa conducted the captioned workshop for CCC WanChai Church Kei To Primary School on 16 November 2015. The workshop focused on how to design questions of different levels of complexities based on (revised) Bloom’s and Xinhuazhu’s Taxonomies to develop students’ higher-order thinking with concrete examples of various subjects. The key principles of designing questions in terms of the teaching objectives, students’ prior knowledge, and their learning difficulties were discussed.
Implementing Self-directed Learning in the Core Subjects
Dr. Chan Kam Wing Paul conducted the captioned workshop for Sung Tak Wong Kin Sheung Memorial School on 2 October 2015. The workshop aims to share with teachers on the implementation of self-regulated learning in the core subjects. The content includes the concepts of self-regulated learning, a model of self-regulated learning, self-monitoring and self-assessment, examples of implementing self-regulated in Chinese language, English language, Mathematics and General Study.
Self-directed Learning: Rationale and application
Mr. Ho Ka Wa conducted the captioned workshop for Hop Yat Church School on 2 October 2015. The differences between the eastern and western approaches to Self-directed Learning (SDL) as well as the characteristics of SDL to enhance learning in the Hong Kong context were briefly explained. The teaching procedures of knowledge construction and their relevant strategies or learning tools were discussed. The school-based SDL approach was investigated in the final session of the workshop.
The 13 Higher-order Thinking Skills: Multiple Perspectives & Tree Diagrams
Mr. Ho Ka Wa conducted the captioned workshop for SKH Yan Laap Memorial Primary School on 18 September 2015. The workshop investigated two particular higher-order thinking skills, i.e. ways to help students examine an issue from different perspectives and how to use tree diagrams to arrange information according to its hierarchy and significance.
Seven-colour Rainbow Thinking Skill (a flexible HOT skill)
Mr. Ho Ka Wa conducted the captioned workshop for SKH Yan Laap Memorial Primary School on 11 September 2015. The design rationale of the seven-colour rainbow thinking skills and its application were explained. The teacher participants were guided to explore how to apply this particular higher-order thinking skill in their teaching.
Pedagogies for Teaching Higher-order Thinking
Mr. Ho Ka Wa conducted the captined workshop for St. Eugene de Mazenod Oblate Primary School on 9 September 2015. The key features of higher-order thinking (HOT) were explained. Various strategies for teaching HOT were discussed and supported with examples. Besides, the 13 gifted HOT skills and their application in the classroom were introduced.
Teaching for Creativity and Self-learning Strategies
Dr. Lai Meng Choo, Mr. Ho Ka Wa, Ms. Jannie Tsang and Ms. Leung Kit Yan conducted the captioned workshop for Canossa School (Hong Kong) on 25 August 2015. The basic concepts of teaching for creativity were introduced and illustrated with concrete examples of the four core subjects (Chinese Language, English Language, Mathematics and General Studies) in the morning session.
The theme of the afternoon session was self-learning (SL) strategies. Various SL strategies like notetaking (Cornell Notes, and Left and right brain sync notes), Graphic Organizers, 6P reading strategies were discussed.
Dr. Lai Meng Choo conducted the captioned workshop for St. Paul's Primary Catholic School on 24 August 2015. The workshop demonstrated how to optimize teaching efficacy and student learning through lesson analysis with the practical examples from primary classrooms.
Enhancing Students’ Skills of Analysis through Questioning
Dr. Chan Kam Wing Paul conducted the captioned workshop for SKH Li Fook Hing Secondary School on 18 August 2015. The workshop aims to share with teachers on the use of questioning techniques to enhance students’ skills of analysis. The content includes extended questioning, higher-order questions and basic questioning skills such as using wait time and Pose-Pause-Pounce-Bounce.
Self-Directed Learning: Theories and Practice
Mr. Ho Ka Wa conducted the captioned workshop for Chiu Yang Primary School of Hong Kong on 18 August 2015. The eastern and western approaches to Self-directed Learning (SDL) and the prerequisites for SDL in the contexts of China and Hong Kong were introduced. The various practices of SDL were compared and the effective school-based SDL pedagogies were explored.