The latest in our repertoire of online training is a course specifically designed to look at how we can use the experiences of the last few months to build our self-esteem, use the expertise we have gained and share how we can move to a positive strategy for blended learning.
From in-depth research and consultation, the following agenda promises to be exciting:-
Blended Learning – Mixing the virtual with the actual: a pedagogy of the future
- Investigating and sharing teaching and learning strategies that will support independent and distance learning
- Putting the spotlight on behaviours and the protocols that deliver successful outcomes for both learners and teachers
- Exploring how to build in challenge that deepens learning and stretches potential
- Overcoming the issues of engagement for those learners who have limited access to technology, a lack of parental encouragement of who are disengaged from the process
- Assessing learning through motivational dialogue, positive outcomes and deep reflection
- Sharing practice and learning strategies through the development of a coaching approach to group dynamics
There has never been a better time to review the way we teach, reflect on how learners can adapt to new ways of learning and build a new approach to the 21st century classroom.
We also have a series of online courses now available.
Our Zoom suite of courses are virtual face to face sessions for individuals to attend. They offer 4 hours of training split over two sessions with time for reflection in between. There is a personal presenter and a wealth of resources and materials sent physically and electronically. Find out more.
Our Moodle suite of courses are packages that schools can buy to use as whole school or college INSET, training sessions or twilights. They include video presentations, materials, resources and activities as well as links to research, a bibliography and a quiz. Find out more.
Most teachers probably have little experience of distance teaching. Their role is fundamentally to be there in the classroom to teach, facilitate learning, support and challenge.
While schools are closed how can teachers offer a presence that ensures pupils can continue to have a meaningful and valuable education?
We have been building some of our training courses for educators to be delivered through an on-line platform. This has given us an extraordinary insight into how to create that presence remotely. I want to share some of our learning that you can use to ensure that pupils are inspired to continue to learn and progress.
Here are 10 top tips that have helped us to develop our on-line presence:-
- Create some protocols to share with pupils prior to embarking on any kind of on-line learning strategy
- Check the technical capability of your IT infrastructure and what pupils are using at home. If diagrams, text and pictures are difficult to see it will impact on motivation
- Plan carefully so that there is a sequence to the learning that becomes a clearly defined map or journey for pupils to follow
- Make sure pupils are prepared in the same way you would expect if you were still in the classroom, the right equipment, good posture, comfortable dress and readiness for learning
- Focus on the end points and work backwards to ensure that the learning is sequenced well and be clear what you want pupils to achieve
- Be very clear as the to the learning goals and objectives. Focus on how you can ignite interest by matching your expectations with the pupils’ interests and capabilities
- Define a study plan that outlines what pupils are learning, how long will the session last and how the session builds on prior learning and prepares for next steps in learning
- Use this opportunity to focus more on study skills than on content, such as specifically teaching listening skills, note taking skills; how to use enquiry techniques to support self-study or a focus on reading to learn (comprehension)
- Create opportunities for discovery learning by posing questions to stimulate pupils to find out for themselves
- Find activities that are fun, and learner centred. On-line is their domain trust your pupils to be solutions focused and innovative in how they use their time for learning
Our on-line learning suite of courses for leaders, managers and teachers will be available in April. The first courses are listed below. Email us to register your interest.