Monthly Archives: March 2014

My learners are in a field/salon/workshop/kitchen…..how can I stretch and challenge them when outside a traditional classroom setting?

Recently I have delivered a series of training sessions for teachers related to practical approaches to stretch and challenge. Several teachers from Sparsholt College, who deliver learning in a non-classroom setting, have told me that many approaches to stretch and … Continue reading

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Peer Visits or Pair Sharing: How can we encourage more of it in the FE sector?

In 2014 I led a workshop on ‘peer observation’ at the Optimus Education Conference for FE. I was sharing the findings to date from two colleges that I am supporting with their efforts to encourage peer visits/pair sharing; opportunities for teachers … Continue reading

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Embedding English: 13 Strategies for Teaching Key Words

Originally posted on joannemilesconsulting:
 Pre teach four or five key words before tackling reading or writing tasks or starting the lesson. Choose words that are important in the context of the task/text and focus on vocational jargon that students may…

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Reclaiming team meetings from bureaucracy: ten tips for managers on putting the focus on teaching and learning

Originally posted on joannemilesconsulting:
Team meetings in the FE sector are rare and precious, so surely the most important thing a manager can do is to make them count towards improving learner achievement. Yet many curriculum meetings are bogged down…

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Commentary on #ukfechat forum discussion on graded lesson observations – 28th February 2014

Originally posted on Perspectives on professional development:
Commentary on #ukfechat forum discussion on graded lesson observations – 28th February 2014 As I lay recuperating in my sick bed last night, I decided to ‘observe’ from afar as a vibrant community…

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The expensive conference day is dead: long live sustainable models of CPD! By Joanne Miles

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The research Why are so many colleges not paying attention to staff development research on effective CPD? Joyce and Showers in 2002 highlighted that: Effective staff development involves experimentation by teachers followed by discussion with colleagues over…

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10 Tips for Developing Your Skills in Stretch and Challenge

Talk to your learners about their feelings about different types of activities, the pace of the lesson, the amount of stretch etc.  Take their feedback into account while also giving your professional opinion so they understand why certain things are … Continue reading

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