On Monday we had our final twilight CPD where we shared our focus for improving our lessons. Our staff were asked to explain their cohort, focus, reading, changed practice and any noticeable differences or impact within two minutes on a rotating two minute basis.
More information about the research and inquiry based projects will follow next year but some of the impact can be seen in the teacher’s own declarations:
• “It has made me think about keeping writing frames simple and using repetition and reinforcement.”
• “I looked at student confidence differently in order to assess how much it impacts upon their learning.”
• “I am now a quieter calmer teacher which impacts positively on the learning environment.”
• “It has helped me to be more positive which has led me to build better rapport with students, which in turn has helped behaviour management.”
• “I have developed a greater understanding of mindfulness and how to help students cope with exam stress.”
• “I am now more knowledgeable about what method based teaching is and how it can be used to improve teaching.”
Following the session we asked everybody to reflect on what they had heard from each other and what they might find useful to apply in their lessons or subject. The following are are just a few comments:
• Emma Rayner – Really interesting!
• Natalie Parks – Using choice of what sport to do in order to increase engagement. Think this would be good to use in science for revision sessions to increase engagement.
• I found Neil’s interesting because he looked at whole school behaviour and found that student focus doesn’t necessarily reflect attainment.
• Barry Delve – research on the quiet classroom.
• There were a number of research topics that I found interesting; evaluation of C system and supporting saturated parents, also scaffolding of questions and lastly supporting disaffected children.
• Holly Limm – use of ‘because’, ‘this meant that’ and ‘this led to’ as a framework for extending answers.
• Todd Woollard – The effectiveness of intervention sessions for Year 11 cohort.
• Annie Barnes – used a wide range of strategies to support HPA students to increase their attainment. This has improved their current grade residuals considerably.
There were lots of projects mentioned in the feedback and more blogging will follow with regards to the impact of the reading and research; lots to think about, read and reflect on over the summer holidays.
If you haven’t delved into the world of blogging – here is a useful link: http://blog.feedspot.com/top-50-education-blogs-for-educators-and-teachers/