If the Autumn term in 2013 was full of T&L treats and surprises (see The End of the Term), the Spring term promises to be even better. There is so much on offer this term that you are really spoiled for choice in terms of things to keep your enthusiasm for teaching bubbling away.
Next week (Monday 3 February) we have our first T&L INSET of the year. Postponed for good reason after the sad news earlier in the term, the session will be on Questioning for Assessment, and promises to be a winner with lots of ideas to try out during the session as usual. The next INSET (Monday 3 March) will be on Marking – ways to cut down on your marking workload, whilst making it more effective – can’t wait!
The first Learning Lunch of 2014 will be on Wednesday 12 February. Called “Beat the Clock”, the idea is that staff come along and either get help with preparing a shiny new resource for some lessons, or chat with members of the T&L team to talk through ideas for jazzing up a lesson that is falling a bit flat. There will be another learning lunch in the second half of the term, run by Jo Cavanagh on Revision Games – perfect timing for those year 11 lessons in the run up to study leave.
This term will see the introduction of the Teaching & Learning Library. Sarah Lofthouse is looking forward to being the “lady with the stamp” and will issue books to interested staff. Books have been recommended by the T&L team and a full list of those available will appear in a later post. Of course, reviews of any books read will be gratefully received for later posting.
Towards the end of the term, on Wednesday 26 March (4.30 – 6.30pm), Beaumont are hosting an Alban Teaching School Alliance (TSA) event called the T&L Takeaway. The Teaching and Learning Team will be on hand, sharing ideas and talking about some of the ideas we have been working on and developing. On Thursday 13 March, a Specialist School event is being held at Beaumont from 9am to 2pm, again with members of Team T&L. Details of both these last two events will be added as they are finalised, including how to sign up to attend.
Finally, Governors are visiting the school on Wednesday 12 February, shadowing a pupil for a few lessons, and will hopefully be able to see first hand some of the fantastic teaching ideas which we have been gathering on this blog.
It’s going to be a great term, even if a bit short. Looking forward to seeing you at one or more of the events.