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Matt describes Stephen’s speech below: An inspiring reminder of why we do what we do.
An incredibly positive community book sharing scheme from some sci fi self confessed geeks that has gone national, and a font especially for dyslexics that’s free, that helps to anchor the text to the page and avoid some of the classic bd and pq confusions that calibri and comic sans have, also great for weaker readers and tired readers as it really does lead the eye along the line – try it – looks cool too.
Lots of great ideas about ways of letting go of the reins and getting creativity out of pupils. My favourite was probably the summary lesson at the end of a topic on Iceland titled ‘Iceland doesn’t exist’. Much impressive work on how to make student voice more real and more powerful than as he put it ‘what do you think of the canteen and how are the toilets’ – including how students and teachers are working together to plan learning in ‘Learning Partnerships’.
The table cloths had been hired, posh new water bottles bought, prizes collected and new oak lectern constructed.
The hall was soon full, the tea and cake were in full flow and the presenters were ready to go! It was a great evening full of pedagogical gold and inspiration.
Either collect in for you won future planning or discuss the outcomes as a class or in small groups.
Cyber teacher – Independence Powerpoint set up with all the information and guidance pupils might need.
Presentations from the evening can be viewed below.
Thanks to Matt Mc Kee – @matt_mckee SA (Shoreham Academy) for the summary of each one. Josie Maitland – The Angmering School (@ukcreativeed) Details on growth and fixed mindsets – and how praise can make the ‘point’ of what we do the praise and reward itself – rather than the skill of resilience, accepting difficulty and failures on the way to success and the challenge of the work.
In short, our job is to ‘help students do the right thing’: A fantastic close to a very special evening.
Stephen left us all inspired and reminded about why we do the job we do!