Tom Barrett asked for comments on his blog, in preparation for the SLICT meeting being held at his school, so I responded. Tom is a good friend and has shown that there is more to PLN (Personal Learning Networks) than networking. #1 Having recently accepted an edtech post just 12 days ago, I am hardly in a position to provide a comprehensive answer. However, this is a summary of what I have .... Read more and bookmark.
So a summary of the week is required, but how do you assess progress and in which areas? I have had a large white board put up in my office, on it I record the key jobs for the week and monitor my daily duties in three areas. Teaching, Administration and Network. I am not sure if these are the most appropriate titles but its a start. Teaching Classes more stable, still issue of discipline .... Read more and bookmark.
Thursday / FridayI still need to set a routine for the start of my working day, to include; Staffroom – pigeon hole / cover Check email Set the learning environment. Still no laptop and therefore can not work in my office, distracted by supporting students. Variable teaching environments observed. More student consultations, I anticipate two more weeks of challenging students. Almost .... Read more and bookmark.
The first full week, can is see light at the end of the tunnel? Where did I get it right and where should I have tried something different. Can I digestion all of the information I am gathering and use it to good effect? Monday, I can hardly remember the beginning of the week but I do remember my first positive response from the students. A Year 10 class that enjoyed their lesson and worked .... Read more and bookmark.
I have now spent two days at Hamble. I felt that it was important to reflect on both the Department and the teaching experience. Leadership The first two days incorporated a series of small but significant challenges, including get the physical environment structured, removal of unused hardware, locks, keys, chairs, noticeboards, office, timetables…. There are still a number of further issues .... Read more and bookmark.
For some time, in various guises, wiki pages, tumblr blogs, twitter, newsletters and the office whiteboard, I have been reflecting and writing about my educational experiences. I am regularly encouraged by my digital colleagues to share these thoughts with a wider audience and my tumblr blog was a real postive step. I would recommend tumblr blogs to all blog curious educators and most certainly .... Read more and bookmark.