WOW, WOW and WOW! I have always loved new teaching and learning techniques, my own personal love for learning, but last week fuelled my learning juices even more so. I attended, and presented, at my first Teachmeet. I had followed various ones of these free CPD sessions via Twitter (THE best FREE CPD platform in my opinion).
The chance to attend and present at one near me was too good a chance to turn down.
Lets deal with my presentation first. I was not sure what to present on, so stuck to my tried and tested ‘foundation’s of my teaching. My nuts and bolts that I rely on for consistently good lessons that have helped produce outstanding results over the last 6 years.
The Memory Game
Students work in buddies (seating plans and selected buddies are key) to complete the mind map. The information they require is attached to a wall (or window in this case). The buddies take it in turns to leave the room to look at the information. They have to remember it and write it into the correct area of the map. As they return to the room, they discuss with their partner what they have done so the partner does not memorise the same section. The students really like this strategy, but only one memory game per lesson. They last about 10-15 minutes, but are very active and effective. Students make very good notes alongside developing memory skills.
I also presented on card sorts, Exam Grade Boosting and using Edmodo.
Organised and led by @MrBAyres, the sessions was brilliant. Incredibly well organised, great venue with some amazing food. The students at the school were exceptional. The evening started and I was not sure what to expect. I was nervous about my presentation – ‘were the techniques I was talking about what people wanted to hear?’
I should not have worried. The presenters were fantastic- all offering different and varied techniques, strategies and information on different aspects of learning and teaching. Pastoral issues were covered alongside technology use, such as ipads, Touchcast, Tellagami (now a personal favourite!).
Twitter handles were exchanged and the feedback that @MrBAyres received from the evening was truly deserved. I have made 3 or 4 really good contacts with people whom see very like minded; whom want to learn from others, share their good practice and further develop their teaching. @mr_pepperell and @MrHistoire are certainly worth a follow. These 3 gentlemen have already had a major influence on developing my teaching further in the last 7 days.
Advice I have received from @unicorn4275 has also improved my teaching repertoire through the purchase of reusable post its and magic blackboard – a must for any teacher without a classroom base. (www.magicwhiteboard.com)
@MrHistoire and I are now working together to setup a teachmeet in North Devon – keep an eye out for it!
After the #TMTaunton, I feel inspired to attend more of these and collaborate with more staff – the ideas out there are brilliant, and I want to be part of that.
If you get a chance, do attend one. Present too – you won’t regret it.
Finally, well done @MrBAyres – a fantastic and inspirational evening. Pencil me for next year now!