Yvonne McBlain and Sharon Wallace of Falkirk Curriculum Support Team recently introduced the primary probationer teachers to the Falkirk Teaching for Deep Learning Programme. During this introduction, participants experienced programme session 1 “What is Understanding”. This session explores the concept of understanding and has been used by a number of teacher learning communities in Falkirk schools. Here are some of the definitions of understanding created by the probationer teachers:
Understanding is applying and transfering knowledge flexibly as well as being able to teach others.
Understanding is achieved through repetition (perhaps in different contexts).
Understanding is transferring the skill and knowledge to another context. Embedding the skill through revisiting.
– apply and transfer knowledge to other areas of the curriculum
– be able to explain to others