Collated remarks from OTP INSET Evaluation– 1/12/11


  1.   Was the meeting useful in terms of self / dept. development ideas?
  • Yes as several of the dept. are keen to take it further and use it to start conversations within the dept.
  • Reinforces what we do in the English dept.
  • Yes X5
  • I found the sheet (activity) very useful to assess my own lessons as well as others, and set targets for improvement
  • Very useful and the session will allow the whole department to work together with the lesson review process
  • Your meeting was very good at prompting self-evaluation making me consider the softer aspects of lesson planning, particularly in choice of activities for engagement. As a block of scientists we felt we could have some mileage for CPD department wide
  • Very useful ideas for self and departmental development especially in  terms of filming bits of lessons and evaluating as small groups and as a larger department.

2.    Did the activities help your understanding of what ‘Outstanding’ might mean in you teams, or implications for Ofsted?

 

  • Much more understanding of what Ofsted are looking for, rather than agreeing what outstanding is.
  • All teams need to see the official forms so they can discuss how criteria has changed
  • The discussion between colleagues and the issues raised were very interesting
  • A few colleagues stated they had really seen the difference for the first time during this conversation
  • I have a greater understanding, but believe more training or assistance will be required
  • Yes X3
  • It did help. However, I still feel that I could do some more time spent on this as if pushed by my colleagues to describe and analyse, I would feel that I was not giving a full account
  • Partially – It was a good starting point but now time is needed to consider some of the statements in greater detail, and what they would look like in the classroom
  • To a certain extent. It seems to be more about making sure the students are seen to be learning, rather than the teacher teaching
  • Clearly explained

3.    Would you recommend the meeting to colleagues in the future?

  • Definitely
  • Absolutely – Many staff present are already ‘open’ to improving practice or on their journey. It would be good to reach other staff …
  • I feel the session could be repeated in different groups – it is clear that the challenge and engagement exercise throws up a lot of useful discussion – many subject areas are unable to move from the teacher / task based approach to the new learning styles for challenge.
  • Yes X4
  • I would try and get every member of the department to attend
  • I will ask Line manager to observe my ‘Prof Dev.’ using this model… Can I have a set of cards please?!
  • Yes – there was a good atmosphere and a general feeling of trying to help everyone
  • If the meetings were run by OTP – definitely

4.    Are there any topics linked to Outstanding Teaching, which you would like covered in a meeting (not behaviour linked)?

  • Would like to see more videos of a range of lessons / subjects that could be discussed in the positive groups that were at the last meeting.
  • Powerful when students tell us what they consider an outstanding lesson to be
  • How Q & A sessions should develop to achieve Outstanding during an Ofsted inspection
  • Giving challenge to every student in a group. How would this look and how we could plan for this without taking as long planning as delivering the lesson!
  • Engaging students who are lacking motivation

5.    Any other comments:

  • It would be a great idea to run this session again during a Learning Community…
  • … super positive start.. . I feel some more co-planning and observing may help ‘shift’ happen.
  • Final task was easy to access and really useful
  • I was hesitant about the meeting (after getting on with a long list of tasks was appealing), but I was glad I went and feel there is a whole new challenge we have to meet. Your support is the starting point of this
  • I like the model you envisage – non-judgemental would be better from a teaching and learning point of view and for morale generally
  • The new model is an excellent idea
  • Keep going – best inset for ages… felt I have learnt something and done something!

JLw  Jan ‘11

 

Inset Dec 1st TLC meeting

Thank you to the 25 people that came to this inset and also for the positive feedback. This was the first inset with both triads.

Activity 1

Watch this clip and think about visible signs of  engagement and challenge

Activity 2 Arrange these sentences into 2 groups: 1 I have seen this and 2 I would like to have seen this (leave out any irrelevent sentences)

Here are the sentences – engage and challenge activity 2 sentences

Activity 3 – to follow

Some staff comments

 “Many staff  present  are already ‘open’ to improving practice or on their journey. It would be good to reach other staff …”

“Giving challenge to every student in a group. How this would look and how we could plan for this without taking as long planning as delivering the lesson”.

“I feel this session could be repeated in different groups – it is clear that the challenge and engagement exercise throws up a lot of useful discussion – for me many subject areas unable to move from the teacher / task based approach to the new learning styles for challenge.  I think this is why learning is less compelling….”

“A few colleagues stated they had really seen the difference for the first time during this conversation”.

“Would like to see more videos of a range of lessons/subject areas that could be discussed in the positive groups that were at the last meeting”.

Available to Help!

We are keen to become involved in as many areas of the school as possible. As we stated in the Inset at the start of term, we are keen to help by:

– observing

– discussing difficult groups/challenges

– exploring ideas and possible innovations

This is when we are free. Please contact us directly if you think we can be of assistance:

Week 1 Week 2
1Mon3 LP1Mon4 JLW

1Tue1 LP

1Tue5 JLW

1Wed4 LP

1Thu1 JLW

1Thu4 LP

1Fri1 LP       

1Fri2 JLW, LP, AR

2Tues2 AR2Tues5 JLW, LP, AR

2Wed1 LP

2Thurs 1 AR

2Thurs 3 AR

2Fri3 LP

 

 We thought it might be useful to identify particular areas of expertise where we might be able to offer assistance. Please don’ t feel you need to limit yourselves to the thinks listed here. Let us know if there are particular areas/issues that you would like us to explore on your behalf.

Justin Lewis (Music) Laura Perry (MFL) Adam Robbins (English & Media)
  • Group Work
  • Performance
  • Motivating and Engaging Students
  • Stretching Gifted and Talented Students

 

 

  • Learning.
  • Group Talk.
  • Using alternative teaching spaces (ie going outdoors)
  • Use of Audio-visual material – filming and recording students
  • Maintaining control without raising your voice!

 

  • Blogging and using new technologies (Google Docs and Wikispaces) to share and mark work.
  • Collaborative learning through technology.
  • Use of audio-visual material in the classroom + Using Impero.
  • One-to-one tutorials with the 6th form.