Posts tagged ‘teaching’

ESOL staff training day

Fortune Teller
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Firstly, completely gorgeous to spend a whole day with my lovely ESOL colleagues. It has been many years since I have had the opportunity to attend this annual ESOL event – a tradition that I was involved in starting in my role as Senior Tutor many moons ago.

To be completely honest it has been a mixed day of eager, stomach-churning, start-of-term-new-class-to-come anticipation and heavy-hearted dispondancy. Read more ►

On your marks …..

It has been six weeks since the high #learnpod13, my discovery of Edcanvas & all my excitement about having a long summer to think and reflect. Plans of blogging these thoughts have clearly not materialised as I have fully embraced  non-workness and thoroughly indulged in  experiencing the beautiful sunshine in the company of my Boisterous Boy.

Although my dreams have been dominated by showing up to my first 16-18 ESOL class with no plan, when my waking thoughts have turned to work I’ve found myself pondering the CELTA. I feel that the course was a little neglected last year as I was so focused on the new Tech for Learning Delivery course. Read more ►

A rough and ready post on #learnpod13

I am on a complete high from attending my second unconference today. Thoughts on the day:

Things that I knew already:

  • I like to go first. I was the first to pitch and thankfully in the first slot of the day.
  • The world is made of amazing people and I have the pleasure of having these amazing people in my PLN.
  • Meeting face to face is invaluable. Technology can enhance these relationships but face to face rules.
  • Socrative, Educreations and Show Me are good apps to have on a class set of iPads Read more ►

Memorable Moments 2013 #1: Tech for Learning EV Visit

The academic year 12/13 has been a roller coaster ride. It’s good to get to the end of the year and still get high on that End Of Term Buzz. It’s a potent reminder about what I love about my job.

Memorable Moment #1

Watching the City & Guilds EV watching the video from the Technology and Beyond learning fair and seeing her recognise the hard work and enthusiasm from the tutors on the course. Read more ►

Facebook – a renewed ‘like’

Facebook is just fine

Facebook is just fine

About six months ago I decided to take a break from Facebook. I was finding that I was distracted by it and it was a very convenient procrastination tool. I was also becoming increasingly conscious of my online presence and digital footprint and wanted to think about the role of my Facebook account in this. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t go cold turkey – I still liked being able to see what my friends were sharing, but I retreated and became more of a lurker.

Six months later, and Facebook is back in favour. Read more ►

Evidenced-based practice: the theory and practice divide

Quote from Geoff Petty

Quote from Geoff Petty

The term ‘evidenced-based practice’ is something that I’ve been coming across more and more recently. Of course, I’m aware of Geoff Petty’s work in this area, although I can’t admit to have read his whole book. I reflected on the opening speech last year, where the guest speaker talked about Hattie’s research (this was the first time I became aware of this research) The IFL have also drawn on Hattie’s research and encourage the application of evidence based learning.  My organisation has subscribed to the how2teach resources, classroom ideas based on evidence-based practice.  At the last LSIS residential, one thing that (the amazing) Frank Coffield said the value of the programme was about giving tutors the opportunity to move beyond the ‘evidence of one’. Chatting with the ‘very quoteable’ @iltman last week, he said ‘many anecdotes don’t equate to evidence’ (or something much more quotable!!) Read more ►

Flipped Organisation

flipped organisationIn a response to a post titlesd“Just” a Teacher :

There is much talk of the ‘Flipped Classroom’. The idea that the technology is good at the information push and this can be done virtually, while the active learning bit happens in the classroom with a teacher and other students.

How about if this same principle was used to structure educational institutions. Here the teachers will be at the top of the hierarchy – ‘tier 1′ and the further you are removed from the classroom the lower down the hierarchy you would go. In my current organisation this Flipped Organisation would look like this:

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CPD and reflection: a lesson

Liquid Gold By kevin dooley

Covering a session on the level 5 literacy and numeracy specialism this week I got to try out some of the ideas from the Lazy Teacher’s Handbook.

I started the session asking the new trainees to stand in alphabetical order by name, then by their original subject specialism. So far so normal – this was followed by numerical order by length of time teaching, then length of time since took cert ed/PGCE which showed a group of people at one end brand new to teaching, the other end a couple of people with 15 years experience and a mid range of 7-12 years.

The next task is the slightly adapted ‘Thinking Line up’  out of the Lazy Teachers Handbook. I split the class into two groups (a six and a seven) and asked them to rank order themselves in terms of how confident they are in defining CPD. There was one very strong reaction as someone headed for the door! (i.e., he felt very unconfident about this) There was a few rumblings from this, and the general feeling in the room was that people weren’t too sure about it.

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Lazy Teacher’s Handbook

Lazy Teacher's Handbook

front cover of the Lazy Teacher’s Handbook

Whilst scanning the book shelf in the library for ICT related literature in my quest to put a reading list together for my new course, I stumbled across this amusingly titled book: The Lazy Teacher’s Handbook by Jim Smith. I just couldn’t resist.

The bi-line reads: ‘How your students learn more while you teach less’ and sets the premise that if we teach less, the students will learn more (oh, and maybe reduce teacher stress at the same time) bonus.

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New Academic Year & a new course

Little Pencil

image by pink sherbert photography Attribution 2.0 Generic

I have agreed to write and deliver a new course this year. The Level 4 City and Guilds accredited Certificate in Technology for Learning Delivery. The last course I wrote was the CELTA, back in 2008 but I think I can safely say that the two experiences are not the same at all. I thought putting together the CELTA for the first time was a steep learning curve, but at least there was support in terms of resources from the long established course. From City and Guilds there is the qualification handbook and …. well, that’s it really.

At the end of last term I had planned to leave for the summer break with a solid outline of a year plan and some kind of reading list. When I left in July, I was disappointed not have got further and part of this was due to not being able to schedule a meeting about moving forward with it, and the unknown issue of whether it would definitely run!

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