High-impact teaching practice videos and group facilitation guides

The following videos and group facilitation guides examine the AERO Tried and Tested practices and instructional decision-making in Ochre lessons. In nine short videos, Ochre Teacher-Creators explain how mastery learning, formative assessment and explicit instruction are used in their maths, English and science lessons. Each video has an accompanying group facilitation guide.

How to use them

The videos and the accompanying guides can be used for activities for self-directed professional reflection.

The guides offer a suggested outline for facilitating a group professional learning session, where teachers can reflect on their own practice. The videos are available to be used as additional supports.

Resources on this page:

Explicit instruction videos and group facilitation guide

Mastery learning videos and group facilitation guide

Formative assessment videos and group facilitation guide

Explicit instruction

Instruction that is explicit involves fully explaining and effectively demonstrating what students need to learn. This form of instruction accords with what we know about how the human brain works (that is, that learning happens most efficiently when teaching is clear, systematic and does not leave students to construct or discover information without any guidance).

Explicit instruction
in maths

In this video, Sue Davis explains how she uses explicit instruction in her maths lessons.

Explicit instruction
in English

In this video, Melissa Garstang-Leary explains how she uses explicit instruction in her English lessons.

Explicit instruction
in science

In this video, Darcie Clarke explains how she uses explicit instruction in her science lessons.

Mastery learning

Mastery learning is a way of designing units of work so that: 1. each task (or set of tasks) focuses on a particular learning objective; and 2. students must master a task in order to move onto the next one.

Mastery learning
in maths

In this video, Sue Davis explains how she uses mastery learning in her maths lessons.

Mastery learning
in English

In this video, Melissa Garstang-Leary explains how she uses mastery learning in her English lessons.

Mastery learning
in science

In this video, Darcie Clarke explains how she uses mastery learning in her science lessons.

Formative assessment

Formative assessment refers to the variety of methods teachers use to gather and interpret information about student learning as learning is taking place.

Formative assessment
in maths

In this video, Sue Davis explains how she uses Formative assessment in her maths lessons.

Formative assessment
in English

In this video, Melissa Garstang-Leary explains how she uses formative assessment in her English lessons.

Formative assessment
in science

In this video, Darcie Clarke explains how she uses formative assessment in her science lessons.