Our last T&L Hub meeting of the year was based on the theme of creativity and we looked at the use of pictures/photos in lessons. The session gave some ideas on how to use visuals in class and time was then given to staff to create their own resources, which will be shared at our next Teach Meet CPD on 18th June.
Last week’s CPD was a big success. It was really nice to share good practice in an informal way. We had 10 workshops on offer – see below for further information.
Workshop 2 – Higher Level Thinking Skills Developing higher level thinking skills in pupils CPD
Workshop 3 – AfL & A Level Teaching Teach meet AfL
Workshop 4 – “The Doughnut” doughnut template
Workshop 8 – Independent Learning INDEPENDENT LEARNING whole school cpd
Workshop 10 – “Take Away” Homework nandos-takeaway-homework1
Many thanks to the staff who delivered a workshop.
Monday’s training Day saw part 2 of our journey on improving feedback at THW. As a school we have worked hard on ensuring that the feedback that we give to students is of high quality and moves them on with their learning.
Our next step is now to focus on student response. Indeed, “we can spend every hour god sends slavishly marking, but if we do not give students an equally significant amount of time to reflect and respond to such feedback then our time becomes rather pointless! In the long term, students will understand the purpose of our written feedback if they understand how they can and why they should respond to it. If students see and feel the improvements to be gained from drafting and responding to feedback then our marking time will have a transformative value.”
Have a look at the 2 attachments for some practical ideas which will help you make sure that feedback is more work for the recipient than the donor!
There have been lots of updated displays across the site following on from the spotlight, which is great. If you need some inspiration, have a look at the work that some departments have done:
Subject in the news:
Magenta Principles across subjects:
Subject specific vocab & support boards:
My year 12 lesson today for exam revision:
I broke down their food anthology (exam texts) into themes and asked the pupils to make figures out of playdoh of what helped them best to remember their particular chosen text. They then had to talk through and justify why they had created the shape in such a way.
Then, they had to link their idea to a particular theme and physically place it on a piece of paper with the theme attached and explain why they had placed it there.
It seemed to work really well!
It linked into their exam practice, and how they need to think about a theme and how they can link it into the exam question, rather than just shoe-horning a text they like into a theme.
As part of the Learning Environment Focus Group we have spent time over the last 2 terms reviewing our use of display areas and worked on improving the use of display to impact on T&L.
We have looked at the following areas:
– improving the subject specific displays in classrooms to support T&L (we are using areas outside of classrooms to display pupils’ work, mainly corridors)
– engaging students in learning via reflection/evaluation boards
– improving questioning to link the learning environment and the Mike Hughes CPD
– promoting our subject area
– celebrating our work