First T&L Briefing of 2020: Failed Transfer – 8th January 2020
What have we been reading @ RPCC? Ms Ruberry shares her summary of Peps Mccrea – 22nd January 2020
‘Boys Don’t Try?’ Mrs O’Brien continues to develop her in-house research focusing on boys in response to the influential text read and discussed by many staff at RPCC – 14th February 2020:
Her latest investigation seeks to assimilate feedback from curriculum leaders about their KS3 and 4 curriculums and includes challenging discussion questions like:
1.Does you curriculum have any gender bias in content?
2.Does any of your content contribute to the typical masculine stereotypes?
3.In what ways does your curriculum break subvert gender stereotypes?
It will interesting to compare her results with our whole-school audit on Gender Bias conducted in October:
(for a full breakdown of analysis and findings or further discussion, please get in touch: natalie.reed@regentspark.Southampton.sch.uk)
Mrs O’Brien explores the RPCC curriculum by gathering feedback from our Curriculum leaders to ascertain patterns and trends across subject areas. 27th March 2020:
RPCC teachers have begun exploring the importance of verbal feedback as a key strategy. This was inspired by a T&L Briefing on Ross McGill’s book ‘Mark.Plan.Teach’. We’ve listened to his example of verbal feedback in action here: https://www.teachertoolkit.co.uk/2017/05/13/verbal-feedback-2/
Creative Arts CPD 20th May 2020:
The whole team took to ZOOM! to enjoy the webinar hosted by Arts & Health South West. This collaborative event focused on exploring strategies using the Arts to combat fear and isolation and promote positive Wellbeing in young people. We were encouraged to get actively involved and get drawing…talking…sharing! It was a thought-provoking couple of hours! The break-out seminar session I attended ‘Music: Trauma-informed practice’ was a powerful exploration of the work that the SOCO Project do and was definitely inspiring…
Alex Quigley: Closing the reading gap (in the time of coronavirus)webinar – 22.05.2020 RPCC teachers are tuned in and ready!
Daisy Christodoulou: ‘The 7 Myths About Education’: 12.06.2020 RPCC teachers have been discussing the education myths linked to our school practice…this is what we know:
We’ve been debating this at RPCC…it’s a thorny issue! Hours of teacher-time is spent making the most amazing slides to entertain our students…but who is it really for? After I delivered a CPD session on Michael Chiles’ book CRAFT wherein the suggestion is that PowerPoints need to be paired down…simplified and dare I say de-beautified the debate opened and there is a real divide! I am in favour of the most psychedelic slides that I can muster from my imagination! However I am going to try (hard!) to calm this down in future…however others will be adopting a colour-coded system in-line with each teacher in their curriculum area…and the rest? They will continue to add ‘hilarious’ images, sounds, videos and transitions to engage their students…and this is all absolutely fine!
Like a lot of ‘new’ ideas in teaching they are very rarely brand new – often we just need a reminder…especially when you’ve been around for a while! In this case it’s revisiting how we instruct our students to take notes – and of course remembering that we do indeed have to teach our students HOW to take notes. The Cornell note-taking system is just brilliant and long over-looked. I spoke about the system in a recent T&L CPD session and in their usual inimitable style RPCC teachers sent me their own examples! (maybe it was only me that needed reminding?!). See below for our first example which comes from our Curriculum Leader for Creative Arts:
Rubric In Google Classroom:
Mr Selfe & Mrs Bishop have been working hard on their Google Classroom CPD to keep us up-to-date as we hone our skills on our chosen learning platform: Google Classroom. This week I have had a little lesson from Mr Selfe on Rubrics in GC and it’s brilliant! In summary…all the guidance for an assessment that I would want to deliver to my students in class but on the screen – quick and easily accessible.
Mr Selfe says: It was mentioned at the Google OnAir conference that I attended with Mrs Bishop. I have filled it in like I would when marking and I like the way the students have a visual representation of how they have done and can look back to see what they missed out (by looking back at the Rubric). Further to this, I could then send them the mark scheme so they can see the model answers too.
See below a screen shot as an example of how we can support our students’ progress by ensuring that we ALWAYS share the assessment/success criteria with them (Rubric’s on the right):