We arrange diversified professional development activities to help teachers devise appropriate pedagogical strategies and apply different teaching modes in a small class teaching environment to enhance the effectiveness of learning and teaching. These activities include:
To optimise the benefits of a small class context so as to enhance the effectiveness of learning and teaching, we invite tertiary education institutions to help schools establish communities of practice on the basis of schools' chosen subjects (Chinese Language, English Language, Mathematics or General Studies) via various modes of support including workshop, on-site support, experience sharing session and learning circles, etc.
2019/20 to 2020/21 s.y. : The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Chinese version only)
2015/16 to 2016/17 s.y. : The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Chinese version only)
We select experienced front-line teachers serving different primary schools to support their partner schools. Under our professional support, each selected teacher provides his/her partner schools with regular professional support, experience and resource sharing on different subjects and learning areas.
Learning Circles are formed by Chinese, English, Mathematics and General Studies teachers practising small class teaching. Through workshops, small group studies and observation of other teachers' lessons, teachers teaching the same subjects in different schools share their teaching experiences and exchange views. Then, they share with teachers in their schools about what they have acquired from the learning circles through such activities as collaborative lesson preparation and peer lesson observation so as to enhance the effectiveness of teaching and learning. In addition, Learning Circles for bringing together school heads and middle management of public sector primary schools implementing small class teaching are formed. Regional networks are established among schools. Regular activities such as thematic seminars, school visits, experience-sharing gatherings and sharing sessions on small class teaching etc. are provided for school heads and middle management of the Learning Circles with a view to sharing experiences on how to optimise the small class environment and support teachers in the implementation for maximizing the benefits of small class teaching.
We organize thematic seminars and workshops to facilitate teachers in maximizing the small class environment to further enhance classroom teaching and learning effectiveness.
The following tips facilitate our understanding on how to enhance the learning effectiveness of students by making good use of the classroom environment with a reduced class size.
Powerpoints used in professional development activities