The 12th issue of the T&L Newsletter I put together for our staff was released this week. It can be found here (along with all previous issues).
This term I have started to put together a one sided weekly summary of the T&L bits. This includes the weekly meeting, the discussion group title, the upcoming reading club with a link to the article, and the date and time of the learning walk for the week. It also includes links to 6 blogs (shamelessly taken from the ones shared by TeacherTapp) and what I am currently reading. The previous ones are also available on our T&L Website on the same page as the T&L Newsletter. The PDF Version is hyperlinked to the articles.
This week I ran an INSET on Checking for Understanding, which is one of our Principles of Great Teaching. I asked twitter for some advice, and it didn't fail to give some ideas.
I was very excited to see this tweet on Sunday evening, and am looking forward to making use of them and creating some of my own.
This week I started my second coaching cycle after a fairly successful first go last term. The teacher I worked with last term wanted to develop the students ability to use higher-level discussions. He worked on that by making use of a strategy he called pass the sentence. This worked by having the first student say something they know about a problem, and then each successive student had to repeat what had already been said, before adding their own idea. His was a small class so he did this with the whole class. By the end of the term, the teacher felt he had met his goal, and has been enthusiastically talking about the process to others.
I have been quite active in my blogging over the last few weeks, with these posts: