A fun day at Slough Grammar School, Berkshire, joined by pupils from Churchmead Church of England School and student teachers on the Graduate Training Programme and PGCE programmes from the Slough Partnership, Oxford Brookes University and Brunel University.
A huge THANK YOU to Zelda Marais for co-ordinating today’s event so efficiently.
The day starting with 60+ Year 8 students, from 2 separate school, and 20+ student teachers in the school hall, with pens, pencils and writing books, and one of the landscapes from Myst IV:Revelation; talking , exploring, sharing and ‘being there’ in spoken and written words.
Following the lesson, we had the opportunity to spend time with the student teachers, investigating many different ways to extend questioning, speaking and listening, writing, interaction, collaboration and so much more.
And, then, after school, more than 60 staff from the school joined us to explore even more ways to engage and inspire their students.
Ernest Marais, a teacher from Churchmead (VA) School, kindly recorded his thoughts about today, (and his ‘journey’ before today), here.
After having been forced to attend yet another “conference” at Microsoft head office in Reading I was not complaining as this means not getting up early and not facing my year 10 lower set that day. Also as a cyclist it gave me the opportunity for a rather relaxed 20 odd miles commute there. Having never heard of Tim Rylands I had no expectations and not a lot of hope but still better than lower 10’s right? Now I don’t want to give away what Tim did but I can tell you this, untill today I can still not remember cycling back that 20 miles home. My mind and imagination was all over the place (not the best advice as a cycling commuter). He opened up a world to teaching that I always thought only exist in dreams.
It took me the best part of a month to just trawl through all the websites that he gave links to but that was not the best I took away from the day. The best have to be all the different opportunities for doing cross-curricular links. Being Head of ICT I was in the perfect position to make links with other subjects and just a few days ago I saw a science class blowing things up on the field so I was running outside with the video camera only to be sent back because they were already recording the class and assured me that after downloading and editing the video I can have a copy to use in ICT. At that moment I knew that Tim changed the way we now look at ICT in all subjects and I will always be thankful to him for that. We are also rolling out the dreaded Functional skills across Key Stage 3 and due to the work that we are already doing in ICT thanks to Tim, the transition has been as smooth as you can possibly imagine.
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