NCETM - Working collaboratively to enhance mathematics teaching

Module for mathematics specialists in post 16 education and training

Next steps

Kolb cycle

Each activity in this module has been designed to follow a Kolb Cycle of learning:

Kolb cycle

By now you should have tried a variety of activities which use the model of the Kolb cycle. It may be that you have begun your own personal learning process in any of the four phases of the cycle but that you have now cycled through all four phases. Hopefully you will have seen the benefits to be gained from this approach and that the type of learning that takes place is much deeper when combined with reflection.

If you would like to do more...

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Task: To help you think about your next steps you might find it useful to use a GROW model. You can use a GROW by yourself but often if the problem is complicated it is better to work through a GROW with another person.


GROW stands for Goal, current Reality, Options, Will.

Goal: Decide what you want to do or change.
current Reality: where you are starting from?
Options: exploring all possible ways you can reach your goal.
Will: What WILL you do?

Example GROW.

Goal: To get a better lesson observation grade.

Current Reality: Where you are starting from? Think about the facts, without making judgements. Focus on what, when, where, who and how much. Try not to dwell on 'why', as this encourages judgements.

Options: Explore how you can reach your goal. Think about as many options as possible. Be creative, don't impose limitations, and try to override negative assumptions. When you think you have all the options, try to think of another and then one more. Then you can prioritise.

Will: What are you going to do? When are you going to do it? Will this action meet your goal? What obstacles might there be? How will you overcome them? Who needs to know and what support do you need?

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GROW model

Please record your thoughts.