For many educators, this has been a year of just getting things done in the chaos and inconvenience of ever-changing circumstances. Yet, in the midst of it all, OTLA teacher-researchers have found time to be creative, take risks and listen to their learners – three themes thrown up by the end of project reports. Following are some anonymised quotes from the reports. You might use them as a treasure hunt through the reports or you might use them along with my further questions as thinking points for your own reflective journal.
One-to-one: expensive or priceless?
One-to-one learning is often seen as impossibly expensive but three organisations used OTLA 7 as an opportunity to explore the effects of oneto- one lessons in either non-accredited courses or alongside regular classes with learners who were stuck in either their literacy or their maths. The results were unanimous that vulnerable learners benefited and that the confidence built by low stakes one-to-one sessions is not just a feeling but a solid platform from which to launch into accredited learning.
We will continue with a 6-week non-accredited programme in the classroom for low level learners to engage and build confidence.
The learners were enthusiastic about their one-to-one sessions and could see the value of the project. There was only one instance of absence over thirty-six sessions and the learner was quick to rearrange a new session.
Was it the one-to-one that made all the difference?
Was it the strategies offered that made the difference?
Was it a combination?
Is it worth reconfiguring teaching time to include one-to-one?