What should be achieved when we attend a teachmeet? Basically useful things that can help save time!!
Useful videos for tutor time for discussions, however nice clear rules are ESSENTIAL. The rules are:
- Respect – People have different views /feelings / religions/ beliefs/ values/ races /experiences /sexuality /knowledge we may not always agree/understand/feel the same way, but we will be respectful.
- Language – Although there is a lot of slang we are going to use appropriate/correct terms as much as possible. It is better to talk in a non personal manor. “In this situation” , “say a person is”.
- Confidentially – What is said in this room is not then used a gossip!
- Legal – Anything that is said where you are deemed to be breaking the law or at risk, I am legally required to report to a member of CP staff.
Getting to know and relating to boys – thing in common (clash of clans / football etc), one thing about you, quizzes, brain teasers, etc. Boys get to see you and each other slightly differently
Literacy – We are all trying to improve our students literacy at the moment – the following have proved quite helpful!
- Yes and? – to extend answers
- Ban words: stands out, interesting, colourful
- Slang to formal?
- What is another word for?
E.g. stand out, contrast, emphasis, Chiaroscuro
- Photocopy a pupils work and highlight what actually gets the marks.
- Weaker pupils: main words spelt incorrectly. Making a deal – words on the board/sheet/keywords must be correctly spelt.
Questioning – the use of the questioning in teaching is well known to be an excellent way of getting pupils to learn – have you tried these?
- Bloom’s taxonomy/Solo
- Time to think
- Not looking for the answer in your head?
- Pass to a friend
- Can you unpack that further?
- Can you build on that?
- Answering their questions with a question?
- You tell me?
- Is it?
- Spot the difference?
- Prepare questions in advance for demonstrations for greater impact and individual focus.
For NQTs – We’ve all been there, a few tips to keep you going through the turmoil of the year!
- Tell, don’t ask. Thank you rather than please.
- Bingo, traffic lights, taboo, starter image – one strategy at a time.
- Demo – on/with lower ability work to help progress
- Balance you lessons – other wise you will burn out
- Call rather than email – time and tone
- Talk rather than email – time and tone
- Sandwich response
- Don’t take it personally
- Happy slappy time.
- Go to bed (good advice for all of us!!)