Wednesday, 29 August 2012

National Strategies - why did they go?

I am often bemoaning the lack of quality CPD during my career. I believe that is because I have experienced quality CPD through the national strategies.

Why do I feel like that?

The national strategies made sense to me. The resources were of high quality and there was always something to take back to the classroom. Moreover, the consultants who delivered the course would follow up.

Since then no idea or initiative has felt like it has been followed up. In school few or no examples are given as to what an initiative should look like in the classroom.

I want joined up CPD, that is supported and followed through. Is it so much to ask?

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Tuesday, 28 August 2012


I have started a tumblr account. It is a cross between a blog, Facebook and twitter.

You can have several different types of post: text, photo, quote, video and link. The posts can be tagged with numerous tags.

I like the idea of being able to share teaching ideas. Twitter is too "busy" and the 140 character limit restricts what can be said and how it can be categorised so it can be found later.

Full blown blogs: well I should follow blogs, and have new posts pushed to me. I should probably set up RSS feeds to collate these blogs so I can read them. But often the blogs of my favourite educators are long and political. Not something that quickly inspires me, but something that involves thought.

So I want to try and use tumblr as a short and easy way to share teaching resources, ideas and successes. A quick picture, video or link.

If anyone wants to join me I'd appreciate the company.

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Saturday, 4 August 2012

Olympics - inspiring a generation

I am fed up on reading tweets from teachers about how the Olympics will inspire them in September. Why weren't they doing this in June/July and even before this?

I know a lot of people have been, and have witnessed this myself when a few key members if staff have the passion. Personally I have had the Olympics in my mind to use constantly and wrote a project we used in 2010! I have been talking Olympics with my form class and used the In The Zone resources with year 9. Year 7 at our school went to see the torch relay.

These teachers need to find what is happening in the world. I just hope they aren't the same ones talking about making lessons relevant to students.

I should add a note that I love the Olympics and have since 1992 when I was 12. And I love sport in general.

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Thursday, 2 August 2012

Page 25 Geoff Petty Evidence Based Teaching

Geoff Petty states in his book "evidence based teaching" that subjects have their own "epistemology or theory of knowledge and enquiry".

I haven't really thought of this before. I have often been told if you are a teacher you can teach any subject. But really I know this isn't the case. My experience hasn't just given me a bigger subject knowledge and range of activities to lean on, but also an idea of the skills and big ideas students need to grasp in order to be able to progress in my subject. These are at the heart of my teaching, but I don't feel like it is explicit to me or the students I have taught in the past couple of years. This can be attributed to a "weird" key stage 3 curriculum I taught at my previous school and the odd structure to the 2006 and 2011 GCSE specifications in my opinion.

The book gives an example of a history teacher who used displays to explicitly show students the development of a skill and this display was improved/adapted as the skills of the class developed. I am pondering if this is something I can use to help improve my teaching.

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