Our first Magic Monday on the 9th December was undoubtedly an overwhelming success.
Over 90% of our classroom based staff attended the Pedagogy Picnic at lunchtime (more if you don’t include those staff on lunch duty) plus we had virtually a full house at our Workshops Of Wonder after school. When you consider that both sessions were entirely voluntary, the turnout was incredible! It was fantastic to see so many staff wanting to focus on developing their pedagogy further as well as showing their support to colleagues who presented. A massive thank you to everyone who attended or presented, as well as to all of those who worked so hard “behind the scenes” to help organise the invitations, their delivery, the resources, the “goodie-bags”, both of the venues, the delicious catering, the I.T……….it really was a team effort.
Blog posts on all of the presentations and workshops from Magic Monday 1 can be accessed by clicking on the links below:
Pedagogy Picnic presentations
Workshops Of Wonder
The feedback from our first Magic Monday was overwhelmingly positive too.
Staff told us they really liked:
- the variety of presentations
- the range of ideas / innovative ideas shared
- the practical ideas / their relevance / the fact that ideas could be implemented straight away
- the short / sharp nature / pace of presentations and workshops
- the sharing of ideas that our staff have used
- the sharing by our teachers for our teachers
- involvement of different departments
- the range of experience of teachers sharing ideas
- the opportunity to work with other teachers / different departments
- the chance to try out new ideas
- being together / eating together / talking together
- the provision of ready-made, adaptable resources to take away (the goodie bags!)
- the refreshments
- the choice of venues (our staffroom and Learning Resource Centre)
- the atmosphere, enthusiasm, passion of presenters and having a common goal
- the chance to think/reflect
For our next Magic Monday staff would love:
- More of the same!
- Even more ideas!
- Even more departments involved!
- More teachers sharing ideas
- Another goodie-bag of resources (including chocolate!)
- More time to discuss / share ideas / Q+A
- More examples of impact on students / feedback from students / evidence of progress
As well as giving specific suggestions for topics staff would like to hear more about:
- Feedback – especially peer assessment
- More Kagan cooperative learning strategies
- Using Twitter as a CPD tool
- More about SOLO
- More about using QR codes
- Easy to adapt plenaries
Here’s a sneaky peak at what we’ve got planned for Magic Monday 2 on January 6th……..
- all new ideas
- all new presenters from Science, Maths, Humanities, Performing Arts, MFL and English – including co-presenters from different departments
- a few minutes after each session for Q+A
We’ve had such a good response from our teachers that we’ve already got Magic Monday 3 planned to include:
- flipped learning
- foldables – revision resources in the run up to exams
- D.I.R.T.y feedback
- cooperative learning with impact
- takeaway homework
- independent learning
…and that’s just for starters!
Plus after Christmas we will be running a voluntary “using twitter for CPD for beginners” session as well as giving staff the opportunity to see some of the things they’ve heard about already in action in classrooms.
It’s going to be an exciting year!