Following a very enjoyable training day at Marden CLC, we ventured just down the road, to Cullercoats Primary School, a large primary school that prides itself on the quality of its teamwork across year groups, key stages and the school as a whole, and that is very evident.
A huge THANK YOU to head teacher, Gavin Storey, and his team for looking after us and supporting the ‘quick changes’ required through the day as we had the pleasure of working with pupils and staff across the school.
Neil Brown, of Marden CLC, kindly recorded his thoughts on the two days for us:
I firmly believe that when you take the time to watch anyone teach, no matter what their experience, you will learn something new; a tool, an idea, a method or maybe just a new question to ask or way to ask it. Having spent two days with Tim and Sarah, the first amongst colleagues and fellow teachers from our area, and today, observing three lessons with three different year groups, I know I can tick off all of the above.
Personal highlights for me are hard to describe, most were subtle and cleverly disguised in Tim’s excellent interaction with the children. But the slow ‘reeling in’ of the children with all manner of multi-sensory references to, in this case, the beautiful scenes of Myst, stood out. As did the many techniques that shifted the children’s attention and kept them guessing; the role playing, interviewing, the translator exercise and the spontaneous reading of completed work by the children were all note worthy.
But most of all, by the end of the third lesson I was really struck that the special moments were all the more special because of the time taken to get there and the ‘standing still’ in Myst. The rewards were all the more rich for the wait and the work that got them to that place.
Tim, Sarah, I for one am with you!
Category: 1) Events and Training days