Magic Monday 3

Easter came slightly earlier this year when we held our third Magic Monday on the 3rd of March. MM3 invite We were delighted once again to have a full house at our voluntary lunchtime presentations and after school workshops.  The commitment of our staff in wanting to support their colleagues and develop their pedagogy further this year has been fantastic. As usual, attendees were treated to goodie-bags brimming with ready-made resources (and the odd small treat) to take away, while the staff room and Learning Resource Centre were once again transformed by our team of willing helpers.  All this plus the usual high quality fayre meant that the atmosphere at both events was buzzing!  Thanks to everyone for making Magic Monday 3 such a success.  It was another great team effort. MM3Blog posts on all of the individual presentations and workshops can be accessed by clicking on each of the links below:

Lunchtime Pedagogy Picnic presentations

After school Workshops Of Wonder

The feedback from the day was once again very positive, with lots of helpful, specific suggestions. MM3 feedback sheets

What was Good & Why:

Lunchtime Pedagogy Picnic

  • The variety of activities and ideas that are practical, helpful and can be implemented straight away
  • Sharing of adaptable resources
  • Quality of presentations
  • How Twitter could be used as a CPD tool / encouraging more staff to use it
  • Foldables, especially Maths specific examples and how they can be used to support revision
  • Having a bank of ‘takeaway homework’ ideas to use / the points idea
  • Lunch provided

After school Workshops Of Wonder

  • Variety of ideas that are easily set up
  • Great tips that could definitely be used
  • Non “ICT-geeks” delivering workshops that used ICT give us the confidence to try ideas shared
  • Clearly explained, succinctly delivered workshops
  • Variety of departments represented
  • Linked ideas (creating movies and flipping your classroom) that had a theme
  • Seeing first hand how our students are supported
  • Flipped classrooms and the idea of starting learning before the lesson
  • Seeing how Edmodo could support students to learn at their own pace and teachers to monitor work completed out of lessons
  • Contributions, enthusiasm and bravery of staff delivering workshops
  • Superb atmosphere
  • Food and drink provided

Even Better If:

Lunchtime Pedagogy Picnic

  • Consider meeting in the staff room, then offering a choice of presentations: one in staff room, one in meeting room
  • Longer sessions
  • Follow up Twitter masterclass
  • Some pre-folded foldables / a foldables workshop
  • More of the same!

After school Workshops Of Wonder

  • Consider a “Magic Morning” with presentations and workshops in the morning, followed by time in the afternoon for follow-up work
  • Allow more time for notes, Q+A, reflection
  • Have a choice of workshops running at the same time in different venues
  • Have extended workshops on Edmodo / step-by-step guide
  • CTLs to create follow-up time in department meetings to look at how ideas can be embedded in specific subjects
  • Have “special interest groups” to take ideas further
  • Have a guest speaker
  • Have more bookable ICT resources, e.g. tablets, cameras, video cameras etc. and share ways to support students without access

We really do appreciate your feedback and will be looking at your suggestions closely as always.  Since Magic Monday 3, we have already held a series of individual, hands-on, follow-up workshops on getting started with Twitter, creating foldables and using Edmodo for all staff who requested these.  Thanks to our presenters for volunteering to support colleagues by doing this, as well as all those who attended the additional workshops.

Look forward to seeing you all again at Magic Monday 4 in May!

MM3 workshop

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