When we think about professional learning, our first thoughts might go to all those twilights, courses and INSET days that we’ve attended over the years that didn’t quite work. We’ve all had to sit through hours of training that just hasn’t quite cut it for one reason or another. Ineffective CPL encompasses much of the following: […]Read more "The Thinking behind our CPL"
It was a pleasure to host our first teach meet at the college this week. Titled INSPIRATION NOW, our presenters lived up to the billing and gave us all an inspiring look into their recent work. Sol Rogers kicked off proceedings with an engaging look at his work with Rewind. His personal story – from […]Read more "INSPIRATION NOW: Our Teach Meet"
Here it is: our new Learning & Teaching policy. We have worked with our students and staff to shape this. Max launched this with College Leadership yesterday, check his slides out here. The policy very much reflects a partnership approach and, as a cooperative college, we believe this to be the right way to formulate […]Read more "Our New Learning & Teaching Policy"
Another term gone, and another market place to collectively share and reflect upon our CPL. Yesterday’s market place was of the highest quality. We saw the work that our Growth Mindset hub had been doing over the past two terms, notably around changing attitudes to learning, promoting growth focused feedback to students and nurturing grit amongst […]Read more "CPL Market Place"
Continuing our Growth Mindset series, check out Eduardo Briceño’s TEDx Talk on The Power of Belief below. Briceño powerfully argues the benefits of a Growth Mindset approach: ‘When students or adults see their abilities as fixed, whether they think they’re naturals or just not built for a certain domain, they avoid challenge and lose interest when things get […]Read more "The Power of a Growth Mindset"
We had a great Market Place this week to bring our collective CPL over the last two terms together. Here are some of the highlights from our evening: Feedback Strategies There were some great ideas from Emma’s hub: ‘Go for 3,’ ‘Comment girds combining growth mindsets and attainment, Triple Impact Marking, ‘Yellow box’ and test swapping. […]Read more "Our CPL Market Place"
If feedback seems like the new stick to beat us with, then it’s probably worth checking out Dan Ariely’s TED Talk on ‘What makes us feel good about our work?’. A behavioural economist, Ariely presents to us the stark impact of not receiving feedback. Check out the video from 9.54 minutes in. His message: not receiving […]Read more "The Motivation of Feedback"
How creative do you feel? Ever wanted to enhance your ability to come up a great idea? Steven Johnson suggests our creativity is improved when we have enough ‘professional breathing space’. This means giving individuals time and space to connect and share ideas, to mingle and swap ‘slow hunches’. Check out Johnson’s TED Talk below. We […]Read more "Where do good ideas come from?"
Need some time and space to reflect? To collaborate with like-minded people? Time to actually get something done for a change? Space to think outside the box? Designed to balance input with discussion and creativity, our hubs offer a changing menu of professional development over the course of the year. Find out more here.Read more "Our Hubs: Designed for Innovation"