CAB Teaching and Learning

Monthly newsletter about T&L

Summer Term

As we move into the final term of a very eventful year I thought I would look at how we can further spread the good work of the teachers at CAB and also introduce some great ideas from educators from further afield.

Each month this newsletter will highlight great teaching ideas and links to excellent practice from across the world.

This idea itself was brought to my attention from Jon Tait on twitter as a tool to help develop ongoing teaching and learning.

CPD

Twitter for CPD

I have been using twitter for a couple of years now as a tool to enhance my own practice. For years i always saw it as a tool used be celebrities to inflate their egos but was introduced to it by a few teachers and soon saw the benefit.

With school budgets becoming tighter it might be difficult to get tailored CPD to suit your needs. That is where twitter really helps. If you are looking for inspiration, resources or just a colleague to bounce ideas off then this solves these issues.

Simply create a professional account (one that you will only use for teaching) then search for #ukedchat. It is how twitter works to get tweets all in one place, this hashtag is what a lot of great teachers use so if you search for that, you will find them. Most teachers highlight their subjects but to be honest, good teaching ideas are good teaching ideas so look beyond your subject for inspiration.

Seriously give it a go, whats the worst that could happen?

Teachmeets

Another fast growing movement to help you develop your own CPD and create great networks are teachmeets. They are basically a set of teachers presenting on what they are doing in their classrooms and how it is impacting on students learning. They are free events and you do not need to present but can simply soak up the ideas. Presentations usually last around 5 mins and are designed to get teachers thinking about how the idea might work in their own practice. Her is a great link to a list of teachmeets all over the country. http://teachmeet.pbworks.com/w/page/19975349/FrontPage

We will be having our very own teachmeet soon so you will see first hand how it works, however i urge you to venture outside to really see what is going on.

I recently took part in an international teachmeet for PE teachers, this was done online and comprised of teachers sharing their ideas via video link. Teachers from Australia, America, Canada, the Middle East and Asia all took part and some great ideas were shared. You can see the recordings below by following the link.

iPads and teaching

IPads at CAB

Lots of staff are now starting to see the real benefit of using iPads in teaching and more importantly, so are the students. The number of students that are using their own devices is growing and i truly believe that this is an opportunity to really change the culture of teaching and learning at the Academy.

It is too easy to just focus on the outcomes in education and in doing this we completely miss the journey. So many teachers are doing great things in their classroom to really get students being creative and to think about how they are learning. The iPad is a tool to really enhance this process.

Over the coming months I will focus on specific apps or ways to develop use of devices in the classroom and how it can impact on student learning, even to the point of them wanting to do work at home!!!!!

Other good links

Inspiration

Below are some articles that have been shared with me via Twitter. Some great tips on things you can do in tyour classroom, ideas about pedagogy and inspiration to develop your teaching and learning. Teachers are starting to keep blogs of their own learning which can become a hugely valuable resource for other teachers.