In context; I’ve joined the Teaching and Learning group at my new/current school and have been asked to coordinate sharing ideas with the whole school. The original idea was as a blog, but we simplified this to a weekly email. The request was along the lines of “because you know about this blogging thing.” My mission, because I appear to have accepted it, is to share shortcuts and time-savers to make life easier, not to add to workload. I’m aiming to share three links on a common theme each week, and am hoping to send the email out each Monday morning. I’ll be increasing the ‘value-for-money’ by adding them to my own blog too, although some will be duplicated from previous posts. My hope is that by waiting a week I’ll be able to include feedback from my ‘in-school’ colleagues to improve what I’m sharing with virtual ones. So far nothing, but I live in hope. I’d like it to go the other way too, so if any blog readers have suggestions of secret weapons or tricks to share, resources to point to or interesting approaches, please let me know at the usual address.
http://www.learningspy.co.uk/ is where David Didau – our speaker from the start of term – shares his thoughts and ideas. Well worth a read with resources to steal. He’s also active on twitter (and if you don’t use the platform to swap teaching ideas, you should at least consider it).
Dr Mark Evans is currently setting up a free school in Norfolk, but don’t hold that against him. http://www.teachit.so/index.htm is a nice introduction to the idea of evidence-based education and will lead you to all kinds of fun stuff (Marzano, Hattie etc). The EEF Toolkit is a good quick reference to effective strategies but does not take account of staff time on an individual level. Still worth a look.
A similar name, but a different approach; an assistant head who tweets and blogs as @teachertoolkit. His 5min lesson plan can be a good place to develop what we can all take for granted, without it taking up entire weekends. Many teachers have produced their own versions to suit different approaches and subjects, but see what works for you.
We’re hoping this will be a weekly email, with resources and links from all over the place. All feedback and suggestions appreciated, and if you don’t like it, (1)send your own and (2)blame (SMT name redacted to protect the innocent).