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
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
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.’
This wasn’t actually the title but the essence of the workshop… No answers were given but questions raised, and food for thought supplied.
Kate Sowter @Top_kat1
How do we bring our peers and colleagues along with us(who aren’t here on a Saturday)? How can we get a national conversation going?
How can school leaders develop partnerships that support inclusion- ways of adapting teaching to ensure all children’s learning is valued?
Carolyn Robson @CaroDunelm
We all work too much in isolation at present. Primary and secondary work in silos and they don’t need to- teachers are teachers and learners are learners.
Mary Myatt @MaryMyatt
Behind every letter and number attributed to a child’s work sits a child and that letter or number tells us something, but not everything, about what they can do.
Sarah Earle @PriSciEarle
After Dan Williams’s @FurtherEdagogy post earlier this week about the pyramids of doom, he may have had something to say about the one we were presented with; especially as the whole room began taking pictures.
I made my way to the #LearningFirst conference feeling a little nervous- my Twitter feed was filled with tweets of people heading here but I didn’t know many of them and there didn’t appear to be anyone else from FE. Had I just signed up for and got very excited about a conference where I wouldn’t belong and wouldn’t learn anything?