Today we had the absolute pleasure of being at Ashbrow Junior School, joined by children from Ashbrow Infant and Nursey School in Kirklees, Huddersfield, their teachers and teachers from other schools in the area*
The day starting with demonstration lessons with children from both schools, then an afternoon working with groups of teachers, and finishing the day with a twilight workshop.
A few of the people involved in today’s visit are familiar with the kinds of things we usually do at conferences but had not seen the “theories” in “action”.
Dughall McCormick, E-Learning Consultant, of Kirklees LA kindly recorded his thoughts on the day for us:
Ashbrow has a separate Junior and Infant school. The schools have current development foci around ICT and the development of literacy/writing. In light of this, who better to lead some powerful, inspirational CPD than Tim Rylands and Sarah Neild?
This was not conventional CPD, though. Neither was it limited to the staff of the Ashbrow schools. Staff from surrounding schools attended all the sessions.
The morning was spent with Tim leading the children’s learning; firstly with KS1, secondly with mixed Y5 & Y6 pupils, joined in both sessions by attending teachers, observing, scribing, talking, sharing, encourgaing and generally ‘mucking in’.
I have had the pleasure of seeing both Tim and Sarah present and provide workshops at conferences in the past but this was the first time I had seen Tim work with children.
I have to confess to a certain amount of nervousness at the start of the day having organised the whole caboodle. Despite being confident in Tim providing a fantastic session, I was not sure quite what to expect.
I was not disappointed. 90 excited children filed into the school hall. 30 or so adults were dotted in amongst them.All eyes turned to Tim as he instantly captured his audience in his inimitable, beguiling, magical way.
What became immediately clear is that Tim is a man accustomed to inspiring learners of any age. In the space of 80 minutes, adults were treated to a plethora of class management techniques and ideas they could take straight back to their classrooms in a thoroughly engaging lesson.
The children were treated to an amazing learning journey in which they were kept on the edge of their seats, encouraged, coaxed and involved at every stage. It was a whistle-stop ride through speaking and listening, role-play, writing, laughter and learning in its broadest sense. The session with as many Y5 & Y6 children differed in pitch and content but not in inspiration.
I hadn’t been sure quite what to expect, but what I and others got was a fascinating glimpse into how learning should *always* be: engaging, fun, motivating, meaningful and full of suspense.
I loved the way the ICT was effectively invisible. I marvelled the sheer quantity of learning that can be squeezed out of what, at first impressions, appears to be a fairly barren scene from a computer game. I was reminded of the importance of standing still, just looking and listening and not haring about wildly. I now know why so many schools and children rave about Tim and Sarah.
I cannot thank them enough. (Thank YOU Dughall)
Thank you too, to all the colleagues from Reinwood Infants School, Meltham CE (VC) Primary School, Savile Town CE (VC) I and N School, Scapegoat Hill J and I School, Greenside I and N School, Crow Lane J and I School, Kirkheaton Primary, Dryclough Infants, Park Road, N, I and J School, Honley I and N, Farnley Tyas First School, Warwick Road J, I and N, Chickenley Community J, I and N, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary, St Thomas Primary, Boothroyd J and I, Rawthorpe St James Infants, Holmfirth J, I and N School, Whitechapel Middle School and N and Fieldhead J and I School.
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