So yesterday evening, after a morning in school, a bit of last-minute Master’s level marking, and a couple of hours with the SKEs handling radioactive sources and trying to measure the half-life of protactinium and the half-thickness of lead (not very successfully as it turned out – we really are going to have to squeeze something out of a budget somewhere to replace the sources over the summer), I whipped over to Worthing for #DHSTM15. I had forgotten Worthing was the far side of Arundel – nothing like plonking a castle in the middle of a dual-carriageway to back the traffic up! After a minor altercation with the SatNav, I squeezed in a critical phone call about one of my tutees, and was ushered, slightly disoriented, by some REALLY polite children, into the rather impressive Durrington High School.
David Didau did the keynote. I don’t think there was anything new for me, having followed his blog quite closely, but it was good stuff. Then a whole series of very different teachers gave very different presentations. The thing about a TeachMeet is it’s like a little peek into the rich and glorious tapestry of the inner self of teaching. The exceptional practice, the curious exploration, the slightly off-beat ideas, the ploughing of individual furrows, but with everyone looking for ways to make teaching a little better. I don’t think teachers will ever all fit a particular mould.
For me, David Fawcett’s work on meta-cognition was right at the cutting edge, James Walton made me think in a different way about fostering student motivation, Jason Ramasami was eloquent about the thing which is perhaps central to the future success of education in this country, and James Gardner demonstrated a deep thoughtfulness about the elusive question of “what works”.
A slightly extended version of my own presentation is here http://padlet.com/m_perks/hn8mw54itiv2 – no questions yet, though.
Interesting and perhaps unfinished conversations at the curry after. Maybe I’ll write something about that later.