Research shows that teaching assistants have a significant impact on learning. If not used properly they can have a negative impact on learning and in fact they often do (Humpleby 2014). At UNIS, Hanoi we are currently investing a lot of professional development time up-skilling our TAs who we view as a very precious learning resource. This video documents one such occasion. Our TAs were given the opportunity to negotiate their own future learning. They then uncovered the qualities of good feedback including the sort of praise which promotes a growth mindset (Dweck 2010).
Christopher Frost, teacher, principal and curriculum coordinator