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Do one thing this week
This weeks idea is related to mobile phones.
If you have issues with students and mobile phones in your class, banning them just gives you the possibility of confrontation.
Try thinking about how they can use the device to help them in your lessons. mobile devices have access to google where over 3 billion questions are answered every day. They also have access to calculators, socrative and many other things that might help.
They do not need them all the time though
Instead of banning them, try using a traffic light system.
Red. No mobile phones needed in lesson today. Not to be seen
Amber. Mobile phones will be used but when teachers say. Leave in Bag
Green. Mobile phones integral to the lesson. Leave on desk
Update from Mr Davey
Use a seat belt sign to show whether they can use them or not. Just like on a plane.
Twitter for CPD
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?
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.
Heads of PE Teachmeet
One presentation to highlight was from Jamie Collin at Cotham School who looked at Feedback and Feedforward. His presentation was based on 3 simple rules. When giving critique on work it should be;
Kind, find something positive
Specific, comments should be detailed
Helpful, comments should lead to improvement
Read his blog below for more details.
iPads and teaching
IPads at CAB
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!!!!!