Feedback on the National CLC Conference

| July 12, 2010 | 2 Comments 

Thank you to Roger Neilson,of Marden CLC, for his gorgeous feedback on the CLC Conference, last Friday. The originl text is on his blog HERE.

On Friday I sat for a couple of hours along with other colleagues being entertained by Tim Rylands and Sarah Neild. The circus was in town and the time passed rapidly – too rapidly.

About 50% of what they showed was new to me – especially the use of some old- and frankly disparaged software – Powerpoint. The other 50% was new in its use – or forced me to think again about just how effective I was being in using it.

Now for me, who expects to be cutting edge, that was a significant hit rate. However, many other ICT gurus could do a spot like this and give a list of possible new approaches.

What makes the Tim and Sarah show different?

There is an absolute warmth about their delivery, we are part of the act, we are laughed with, we are encouraged, we are complimented, we are given credit for everything we get right.

The pace always seems right. There are pauses for reflection, there is encouragement to explore and expand. They invite us to use our imagination and creativity. We have lots of FUN!

In a week of doom and gloom, where I watched as one aspect of progressive education was put in danger after another, in which I felt the pain of others as they saw what they had worked for, and indeed their very work evaporating I ended on a positive note.

Tim and Sarah are without doubt great at what they do, part of that comes, inevitably from the regular delivery and freedom to do this.

However I also felt that many others in the audience, and amongst the body of teachers currently under so much pressure could to an extent do the same – look back at paragraph two and tell me what there is not part of the armoury of a good teacher?

Tim and Sarah tell it very very well, but if they alone are telling it in this way its not enough – we need to be telling the story properly, we need to be upping our game with assurance and we need to be giving the learners the chance to enjoy the fun.

It would be superb to feel that at the end of each learning event our kids went out feeling like we did at the end of Tim and Sarah’s exposition – and you know something- they could!

Category: 1) Events and Training days

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  1. Very difficult to add to Roger’s comments but Tim and Sarah put across great ideas in a way that made me want to be in a classroom with them and a pile of kids!
    This was a show, not a lecture, talk or seminar. It has taken me a few days to digest the tens of pictures I took stealing ideas but what was startling was the demonstration of embedded IT, in the ideas as well as the presentation of ideas.
    Thank you for reminding me why we do what we do!

  2. Couldn’t agree more, I would say probably one of the best seminars I have been to in recent times – as Simon said it reminds us CLC folk of what we do and why we do it. Plus tag galaxy will certainly make learning logs for Year 5 become a bit more colourful 🙂 thanks Tim and Sarah

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