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Magazine Issue 61: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
July 2015

This month: Thoughts about Professional Development

Article: Professional Development
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This Month's Article:

KEY IDEAS ABOUT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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KEY IDEAS ABOUT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT An Article introducing Professional Learning.

This is a Free Sample Resource

Categories: Article, Professional Development, Other Subject, Educators

Tags: CPD

Nothing has promised so much and has been so frustratingly wasteful as thousands of workshops and conferences that led to no significant change”. Michael Fullan, 1991, and still the standard response to professional learning needs is to go on a course or a one-day conference and, if we're lucky, cascade it back to colleagues in an already packed twilight session.

To be honest, one off, off-site experiences do have their value and their place - and they are right for some purposes and for some learner preferences. But the assumption that 'going on a Gifted and Talented course', will somehow suddenly fix all our challenges with more able learners, is a flawed assumption. We may get some tips and some techniques but the real change, the real professional learning, requires more than a day in a hotel and a soporific lunchtime buffet.

Research suggests that professional learning is most effective when a quality coaching and mentoring programme is in place within a school context of collegiality. This means that we teachers are continually learning about our craft and frequently share what we learn. It also means that we have access to (or are) trained coaches delivering high quality professional support.

Why not test this idea out?

Think of the best one day course you've ever attended as a teacher. What made it so good? What lasting changes did you make to your classroom practice because of the course alone?

Now think of any professional coaching and mentoring you've had. What did you learn about yourself and your practice? What lasting changes did you make because of this work?

Maybe the one-dayers do work for you? Maybe coaching has changed your life? Whatever works for you is the real message here. Professionals should have control over their profession (by definition). So professional learning should be guided by the individual learner themselves (you).

What CPD opportunities are open to you? How much control do you have?


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4 Way Thinking

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4 Way Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool offering a simple way to structure mastery and deeper understanding, using subject content.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Analytical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Any Subject, Junior

Tags: Differentiation Mastery
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4 Way Thinking Power Point

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4 Way Thinking Power Point A Thinking Tool Template in Powerpoint to help you to easily develop your own 4 way thinking activities.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Analytical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Any Subject, Junior

Tags: Mastery Differentiation
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Values Think Sheet - Curiosity

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Values Think Sheet - Curiosity A new style Think Sheet to help pupils develop a spirit of curiosity.

Categories: Think Sheet, Teaching & Learning, PSHE, All Ages

Tags: Curiosity Values
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Mike's Books:

A book to help you develop your leadership of learning:

Creating Extra-Ordinary Teachers
by Mike Fleetham & Branton Shearer

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Creating Extra-Ordinary Teachers <br> by Mike Fleetham & Branton Shearer A Book, Creating Extra-Ordinary Teachers: Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom and Beyond, that was co-authored by Dr Branton Shearer. It demonstrates how to use MI to enrich teaching and leadership, and how to inspire others to do the same. It'll give you a useful edge in your role as coach or innovative teacher. Includes a free online MI profile and development activities.

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Categories: Book & EBook, Leadership, Educators

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Professional Learning

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Professional Learning An Article suggesting we need an enhanced approach to CPD - one we've already been offering to our pupils for many years.

He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger. Confucius

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Categories: Article, Professional Development, Other Subject, Educators

Tags: CPD Personalised Learning Learning Styles

Values Think Sheet - Trust

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Values Think Sheet - Trust A new style Think Sheet to help pupils explore the meaning of trust.

Categories: Think Sheet, PSHE, All Ages, Teaching & Learning

Tags: Values Trust
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Differentiation Wheel

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Differentiation Wheel A Thinking Skills Tool offering a simple way to create multiple subject-based tasks from which individual pupils can choose appropriate starting points.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Meta Cognition, Any Subject, Junior, Secondary, Skills-Based Learning

Tags: Differentiation Independent Learning
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Books:

The Courage to Teach
by Parker J. Palmer

The Courage to Teach<br>by Parker J. Palmer The perfect Summer educators' read if you want to take stock and have a chance to look at yourself and your profession from a distance. Inspiring, realistic, empowering.

"This book is for teachers who have good days and bad –– and whose bad days bring the suffering that comes only from something one loves. It is for teachers who refuse to harden their hearts, because they love learners, learning, and the teaching life."
– Parker J. Palmer [from the Introduction]

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Categories: Suggested Books, Teaching & Learning, Professional Development

Tags: Reflection Professional Learning

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