This year we have adopted a new Instructional Strategies Framework model called GANAG.
GANAG is lesson schema which includes a set of sequenced lesson planning steps which allow teachers to plan for students to use nine high yield research-based instructional strategies. Renowned leading educational researchers Jane Pollock and Robert Marzano have developed the nine high yield strategies that fit into the GANAG lesson schema.
This is our initial year of the five year GANAG training program. The training is delivered biannually by one of the co-authors Jane Pollock.
In February this year, the leadership team attended the GANAG (Goal setting Accessing prior knowledge, New information, Applying Knowledge, Goal/Summary) Introductory Course consortium with Jane Pollock. Following this Introductory Course, professional learning was delivered to all staff to assist them with the implementation of GANAG and the nine high yield strategies, within teaching teams across the school.
Under the guidance of the Consultant Jane Pollock, every year level has introduced the, G, APK and G parts of the lesson schema. See below.
G: Goal Setting – Teachers set learning Goals with the students.
A: Accessing Prior Knowledge (APK) – Teachers Access student prior knowledge.
N: New Information – Teachers deliver new knowledge.
A: Apply New Thinking – Students have the opportunity to Apply the new knowledge.
G: Goal Review – Teachers will review the Goals with the students and students will assess to what level they think they have achieved the goals.
Consistent language of the GANAG lesson schema and nine high yield strategies has been key focus across all year levels, and is evident in EPS’ planning documentation (from the English and Mathematics overviews to lesson plans). During planning weeks each term, teaching teams implement the lesson schema and high yield strategies in overview templates.
Two key drivers have been selected to attend other host schools who are also implementing GANAG. The purpose of the meetings is to observe/provide feedback to teachers and seek support/clarity from the group about the implementation of the lesson schema. On 23rd November, Elsternwick Primary School will host a GANAG meeting day for other schools’ key drivers to observe our teachers and provide feedback.
Under the direction of the Instructional Strategies Leader, the Year 3/4 Teaching Teams devised a GANAG lesson plan template for English and Mathematics documents.
To date, teachers have had opportunities to reflect on the implementation of GANAG in their teaching and to discuss the success/challenges and improvements of GANAG during staff meetings, curriculum day and team planning meetings.
A GANAG Google Docs resource template document has been designed for all teachers to access. This document includes a description of the lesson schema, the nine high yield strategies, DET’s ten ‘High Impact Teaching Strategies (HITS) – Excellence in Teaching and Learning’ from the FISO framework and information on how each team will implement the high yield strategies. Furthermore, teaching teams have access to a Google Docs document where they periodically reflect on their short and long-term GANAG goals.
During staff meetings, the Instructional Strategies Leader presents to teachers on how they can implement the high yield strategies within their teaching. Teachers have the opportunity to provide feedback/questions to guide their learning.
The focus for term 3 is for the Instructional Strategies Leader to attend team planning meetings to assist teams with embedding the nine high yield strategies and DET’s HITS into planning documentation. Moreover, teachers will also have access to GANAG resource books to aid them with understanding the core research of the teaching strategies. Furthermore, one-to-one coaching in instructional strategies will be offered to teachers.