Category: Teaching

#ReadTL15

In the second year of our Teaching & Learning conference, we managed to get things planned ahead of time- especially as I hadn’t decided I’d run one just two months before it would take it place! I knew I wanted

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A new year: dive in!

Last week, learners began a short two week introduction into their A2 English course. They were required to watch a couple of videos and answer some questions on our Google+ community. The few lessons I’ve had with them during this time

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A Few of My Favourite Things

This is a presentation that I first gave rather nervously at #TMOxford I then recorded this short MoveNote version for one of Rachel Jones’s TeachMeets, although I don’t think it was ever used. I then did an extended version (30

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Curriculum Transformation

The college I work for, like many other FE colleges and indeed schools too, have been exploring how the curriculum might be transformed for learners. This has been an ongoing challenge for some time now and you can read about

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Festival of Education 2015- Day 2

If you enjoyed or perhaps missed the Festival of Education and you’re free on Saturday 27th June, then you might be interested in attending #ReadTL15 at Reading College. It’s free, there are prizes to be won, bags to be got

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Sir Ken Robinson- Creative Schools

I apologise for the soundbite style for this and most of my other posts,. They’re really just my notes but hopefully they’ll give you an idea of what issues were raised and thinking will be provoked. The TED talk got

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The wonderful Hywel Roberts!

Hywel is someone I have seen speak before but I felt I needed an injection of his positivity and enthusiasm. I feel like many of my days could do with this. I am no good with small children but being with

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Festival of Education 2015- Day 1

If you enjoyed or perhaps missed the Festival of Education and you’re free on Saturday 27th June, then you might be interested in attending #ReadTL15 at Reading College. It’s free, there are prizes to be won, bags to be got

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Gillian Bridge-Resilience

Positive thinking Self-esteem Happiness Enriched environment Oxytocin Stimulation Feelings Sensitivity Mindfulness Empowerment All of these go in the bin! But she’s not setting fire to them. Resilience is far more complex than any of these things might suggest.

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#TMReading

So this is REALLY late but here are my rather sketchy notes from #TMReading. It was one I was presenting at. It had been a while since I’d done this. I was seriously nervous!

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Troubled Waters: assessment in the pool

I’ve recently, after more than 10 years, begun swimming regularly again- y’know- the kind of thing you do for yourself. I think some people call it ‘me time’, others might call it ‘life.’ It provides some seriously important time out

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#TESFEAwards and #LFE15

At the end of an incredibly long week way back in February (!) came the #tesfeawards. It was a wonderful night to celebrate all that further education does for learners: Young and old(er) alike. I think it is perhaps the

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