We were delighted to welcome over 100 teaching colleagues from 19 schools to our second annual TeachMeet last week (read about the first one here). By popular demand, here’s a summary of all the presentations, with downloadable PowerPoint slides where appropriate.
Once the practical stuff about how a TeachMeet works was out of the way, I opened proceedings by talking about why teachers should collaborate. I cited Hattie, Tim Brighouse and a key research study into this area: Leana (2011) and gave you my top six ways for teachers to collaborate:
- Open the door
- Be open-minded
- Make it trans-disciplinary
- Cultivate a PLN
Steven’s presentation was entitled T&L approaches to the new GCSEs and highlighted the importance of regular testing (even before content has been ‘covered’) and retrieval practice. Oh, and CUSTARD!
It’s a brave thing for an NQT to present to a roomful of more experienced teachers, but Ben did so eloquently, engagingly and with a frank honesty about the trials of assessing every KS3 pupil in the school, every six weeks! His presentation slides are here – The practical assessment carousel: Ben Turner Sale High
With an unapologetic subject bias, English teacher (and published author) Anna presented on Teaching poetry with the AQA e-library. Far from being a sales pitch, this is a freely accessible online resource with the potential to save valuable time for our English colleagues.
Carl’s distinctly old-school presentation
The art of board and marker was a firm favourite with the #TMWellacre audience, and a refreshing change to some of the other ‘techy’ subjects on the evening’s programme. Carl’s visual approach also rather neatly tied in to themes of memory, revision and retrieval from some of the other presentations.
Claire’s presentation on SIRT vs. DIRT – marking in perspective shared the evolution of her school’s approach to marking and feedback.
Presentation slides are here: Claire Reynolds Stretford High
Sandra gave us an insight into Peer and self assessment in practice at the same school, Stretford High. Sandra was the first of the evening’s presenters to mention the incredible impact that Teacher Learning Communities have had. More on this to follow!
Presentation slides are here: Sandra Smith Brown Stretford High
The opening image of Deb’s presentation (“Warning: Teacher in Bad Mood”) resonated with one or two of us in the audience, which is why her Engaging Starts were so welcome! This is a TeachMeet at its most useful: some short simple ideas that can be shared on a Thursday evening and be used in the classroom by Friday morning.
Presentation slides are here: Deborah Richardson Penketh High School
Kal leads our local SCITT, and spoke passionately about the benefits of having a trainee teacher in your classroom. Instead of seeing it as an additional burden, mentoring a trainee can be just as developmental for you as it is for them because it forces you to have conversations about teaching and learning that you might not otherwise have.
Kath and Tom discussed both the practicalities and the impact of a flipped learning approach – in this case in English but adaptable for most subjects. This is something we’ve explored at Wellacre too, but I loved the example of using Genius to facilitate easy online collaboration. See Tom’s example here, and presentation slides are here: Kath Adamson Tom England AGGS
Lisa and Sarah from Harper Green were the second presentation to talk about Teacher Learning Communities and the impact they’re having on CPD at their school.
Presentation slides are here: Lisa Newman Harper Green
Finally, just before our fantastic prize draw, Matt wrapped up the programme with his case study of the next steps on the TLC journey: Professional Development Communities.
Presentation slides are here: Matt Lowe Mount St Josephs
As if that wasn’t enough, we were also delighted to host some incredible marketplace stalls featuring teachers from Wellacre, Stretford, Harper Green and MSJ, as well as our commercial partners Renaissance Learning, Connex, Future Leaders and Inspired Touch – thank you all for helping to make the evening such a success. Here are a few snapshots: