So from time to time through the year Estelle and I tried things out, visited each other's classrooms, working out what it is that can be shared in a short time that will make the difference. Back in January we sketched a few ideas while we had lunch at BETT:
Some ideas we abandoned (dictation software!); others we focused on in the classroom, making talk routines, and reflecting on talk, a bigger part of our teaching. The journey has been as much, more, than the short session we ran yesterday, and I think, hope, we'll continue to develop it. Certainly, staff are seeing the benefits of visiting and learning from each other!
Here's Rachel's summary of her Objective, Strategy, Tactics after the two days were up:
#pracped15 O - collaborate with and observe more teachers. S - contact other teachers, take part in more conferences. T - trial and error.— Rachel Curran (@RCurran15) October 16, 2015
Obj: Pupils to think critically for themselves. Strategy: Thinking talk. Tactics: talking points/provocation/thinking 3s #pracped15— Estelle Ash (@estelleash) October 16, 2015