You can read about week 1 (managing your own behaviour) here and week 2 (rules and routines) here and week 3 (making praise personal) here. What kind of teacher are you? Hostile, passive or assertive? Find an assertive voice in the classroom- assertive is much more than an aggressive voice. Passive is equally as ineffective as you’re pleading with students. An assertive voice is more urgent and more … Continue reading Be…assertive! Be, be assertive!
This week’s learning challenged me to think about how I show my appreciation to students. I am aware of how I demonstrate it to colleagues but have I been as aware of exactly why and how this is shown to my students over the years? I’m not so sure… You can read about week 1 (managing your own behaviour) here and week 2 (rules and … Continue reading Praise: make it personal
This post has been written by Leanne Loosemore, sharing her experiences of learning online with Future Learn. I have completed several online MOOCs with http://www.futurelearn.com. The range of courses available means that they can be used to meet several aims; from taking up a hobby or interest (such as forensic science), learning a new skill (such as a new language) and continuous professional development. I … Continue reading What could you learn from Future Learn? Leanne Loosemore
Dawn and Sallyann have worked together for 16 years and work in the ESOL, EFL and Essential Skills department at The Sheffield College. In this video, they share a range of approaches to positive engagement in their sessions. Welcoming the students Dawn and Sallyann have always been committed to personally welcoming each of their students to sessions and find that a handshake works to build … Continue reading Positive Engagement from Day 1- Dawn Griffiths and Sallyann Turner
Simon Kershaw, Lecturer in the ESOL, EFL and Essential Skills department at The Sheffield College, has been making use of Class Dojo at the start of term to engage his students with positive behaviours. Many other staff in this department have also cited the success of this app in supporting a ‘positive engagement’ approach to behaviour (WaiYee Wheeldon, Dawn Griffiths and Sallyann Turner and I’m … Continue reading ClassDojo to motivate and reward students- Simon Kershaw
December of 2015 not only meant a new job for me but also a new city, a new house and staff to line manage for the first time. The line management aspect of my role has meant that I’ve encountered a great deal of expected and unexpected challenges, joys and experiences. I’m still learning all that I might be able to offer as a leader of my team … Continue reading Investing Time in Development Part 1- Ideas Meetings
Between April and July, a number of The Sheffield College staff volunteered to participate in a project that would help us to trial what will become the Big Learning Project from September 2016 (read more about its launch here). The original motivation for developing this project was to address the need for CPD that would be more relevant and meaningful to each of the professionals … Continue reading Mini Learning Project Journal
Tuesday 12th July had finally arrived. The Learning Festival. My first development day in my new job at a new college. We had made the decision to take a departure from recent years based on feedback received from staff: We would no longer be a teaching and learning day- this would be learning for everyone. We would no longer be solely reliant on external speakers … Continue reading Learning Festival 2016
Mirage ‘The Mirage describes the widely held perception among education leaders that we already know how to help teachers improve, and that we could achieve our goal of great teaching in far more classrooms if we just applied what we know more widely. Our research suggests that despite enormous and admirable investments of time and money, we are much further from that goal than has … Continue reading #ShapingCPD- Shaping a Learning Culture
After this event a couple of months ago, I recorded my initial reflections about the day and subsequently shared an account of the best CPD I have ever participated in. What follows are notes on the content of the keynotes part of the day. I’m rather later than intended in typing these up but returning to them after the event has been beneficial for my learning.
Assessment has its roots in Latin, namely ‘assessus ‘ meaning ‘a sitting by’, where the past participle means ‘to sit beside.’