Teachmeet – a good example

Last Thursday we hosted our fifth annual TeachMeet.  We were delighted to welcome Tim Brighouse as our key note speaker – his wit and wisdom got the event off to a brilliant start

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Tim’s key messages:

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Teachers really matter – they make a difference to young people, day in and day out.

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The variation in terms of the difference teachers make is much greater within schools, than it is between different schools.  So we need to be focusing our efforts on developing all of our teachers, with a view to reducing any variation in teacher quality within our schools.

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This data suggests that a large number of teachers are reluctant to change, in order to be more efficient.  Leaders need to grow a culture within their schools, where teachers feel safe to try new things and there is the opportunity to learn new teaching strategies.  That said, it’s easy to understand why teachers with a track record of success will be reluctant to change what works for them – so don’t try to make them.

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Does this describe your school?  If not, why not?  What are you going to do to grow a culture like this in your school?

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Use this to plan the changes you are going to make in your school – with a particular focus on the changes that are low effort and high impact i.e. changes that can be easily put into place, but will make a significant difference to the professional growth, quality of teaching and therefore the progress of students in your school.

Tim finished by encouraging all of us to download this powerpoint, print off the quotes and put them on the wall in our staffroom.

The Presentations

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  1. Andy Tharby, DHS5 habits to create and sustain a culture of practice’
  2. Martha Boyne and Emily Clements, The Angmering School New teachers: don’t just survive, thrive!”
  3. Pauline Gaston, Oathall CC  Warm Welcomes, Engaging Exits
  4. James Walton, Hazelwood School, “The power of Yeti learning
  5. Matt Perks, University of Southampton “Venn and the art of categorisation maintenance
  6. Mike Allen, Chamberlayne College  “15 Minute Forum – The Marginal Gains Approach To CPD
  7. Martyn Simmonds, DHS  “The importance of Thinking Hard’

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During the interval the ‘Proto Restaurant Group’ served up a magnificent paella.  Colleagues gave a donation to the ‘Love your hospital’ charity.

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  1. Emma Modder, Rydon Community College “Using Office Mix to film lessons to use in class, homework and flipped learning”
  2. Jason Ramasami, Sion School “Felix baumgartner’s Jump”
  3. David Rogers, Patcham High School, ‘Great geography teachers change the world’
  4. Ben Crockett, DHS “Case Study Diagrams: Knowledge Retention
  5. Chris Misselbrook, Shoreham Academy “STEP questioning model – Improve students’ verbal and written responses
  6. James Gardner, Gildredge House,  “Starting from Scratch, or How to Reinvent Your Department Without Getting Sacked.”
  7. Jack Griffiths, Durrington High School ‘How can we get students to be better at evaluating their work?’

Graham Newell closed the evening, talking about the importance of teacher efficacy i.e. teachers’ confidence in their ability to improve student learning.  This grows when teachers  take control of their own professional development, reflect on their own practice, try things out in the classroom and then see the fruits of their efforts, when their students achieve well. How are teachers doing this?

  • Attending teachmeets.
  •  Engaging with colleagues from around the world on twitter and through blogs.
  • Watching their peers and themselves teach, with the use of IRIS – and then talking about it…lots!

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