Category Archives: Staff Development

Reflective Skills for Teachers: How can you develop your own and support colleagues with their reflective practice?

Reflective Skills: What are they and how can they benefit teachers? Mindset and Communication Skills of the Reflective Peer: Reflective Skills: Useful questions for a reflective conversation with a colleague: Some pointers on how to be an effective reflective partner … Continue reading

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Teaching Excellence Podcast with Stef Wilkinson and Joanne Miles: Starting the new academic year in the time of covid-19

In this podcast for the Teaching Excellence series, I talk to Stef Wilkinson about starting the academic year in the time of covid-19. We discuss different models of provision, some challenges and helpful approaches in blended learning and how to … Continue reading

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A reflective Zoom conversation about professional presence in virtual spaces with Joanne Miles and Michelle Wakeling

Thanks to Michelle Wakeling from Hadlow College for joining me in Zoom today to talk through ideas and experiences of being our professional selves in virtual spaces as we learn to coach, train and teach online. We share our observations, … Continue reading

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Teaching Excellence Podcast with Joanne Miles and Stef Wilkinson: Professional Development on Lockdown

Thanks to Stef Wilkinson for inviting me to talk about professional development in the FE sector during the coronavirus pandemic for an episode of The Teaching Excellence Podcast. We covered lots of ground related to 1:1 development for teachers, how … Continue reading

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Making The Most Of Live Online Learning Sessions – Loom Presentation by Joanne Miles

I have been talking to teachers recently about how we make the most of live online learning sessions with students and so here are some thoughts on that hot topic: https://www.loom.com/share/763a1a73e3b14ef5b7d1d09014d1d846 And here is the slide presentation to download: MakingTheMostOfLiveOnlineLearningSessions.JoanneMiles.2ndJuly2020

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Why teachers need reflection and development space right now

For teachers in all settings the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in major changes to the way we plan and deliver learning programmes with students. As a profession we have had to re-think our approaches to communication, engagement, structuring sessions and … Continue reading

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How can we enhance the depth and quality of reflection around lesson observation through coaching?

I was part of a webinar recently organised by CollectivEd which focused on having better professional conversations and building professional cultures for teachers to thrive in. I spoke about how we can enhance the depth and quality of reflection around … Continue reading

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Sharing Plans And Practices For Unseen Observation: Video of Zoom Session with Prof Matt O’Leary and Joanne Miles

Today I had the pleasure of hosting a Zoom session with Prof Matt O’Leary and colleagues from the FE sector, to discuss plans and practices related to unseen observation. Here is the video clip of that session for download. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1eATkKc5JPByT9sYmWy7MrWs9gxgLZUba/preview“>SharingPlansAndPracticesForUnseenObservationZoomSessionJune11th2020Continue reading

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Planning a CPD Strategy: Some Questions For Reflection or Discussion

  What is the purpose of a CPD strategy, for you? And for others? What is the benefit of devising a strategy for CPD? What will the strategy help you to do? What ethos and values do you want to … Continue reading

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Pandemic Pedagogy for Teachers and Coaches: Questions For Exploring TLA Practices In The Virtual Realm

As teachers develop new ways of working in virtual spaces with learners throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, I am hearing conversations starting about the nature of pandemic pedagogy. For many teachers it has been a complex and challenging journey to bring … Continue reading

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