Cambridgeshire Primary Headteachers’ Conference 2014

| October 9, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Cambridgeshire Primary Heards Conference 2014

A pleasure to be presenting at the Cambridgeshire Primary Headteachers’ Conference 2014 with its title ‘Heading Forward’ at Wyboston Lakes Conference Centre.

Keynote speeches from Sir John Jones, Charlie Taylor, National College for Teaching and Learning, Sir John Dunford, Department for Education and National Pupil Premium Champion and Alastair Humphreys, adventurer, blogger, author and motivational speaker.

Ian Wright meeting his teacherSir John talked about the need for a change in mindsets, rather than going back, and repeating what we’ve just done, but trying harder. Instead, go back to the thinking about doing it differently. He also looked at how we think we are giving challenges, but, in reality “dive in” too quickly. “Sir, I’m stuck”. Maybe we should answer “Brilliant” and walk away. Providing times for creativity and mild struggle, rather than solving it for them. John shared a powerful moment with us, the moment Ian Wright was reunited with one of his teachers, special!

“Talent” is a toxic word, as it implies some can, and some never will, as they weren’t born with it installed. Instead, it’s about graft, effort, and trying again.

We had the opportunity to spend time with some dynamic heads in our two one-hour ~15 minute workshop, looking at some fun learning experiences that have an impact on standards ~ keeping some magic in the classroom.

We are blessed to be continuously discovering, and building upon, the powerful effect of using technology, games, useful Web2 tools and software (most of it free), hand-held devices and more, and investigating the impact they can have on the curriculum, and standards, so it was good to share just a glimpse of some of these ideas with folk today ~ a slice of where we are up to in our travels through the “worlds of words” and “tech terrains”.

Alongside our sessions at conferences, it is always so valuable to spend so much of our time “doing it” rather than just “talking about it” – modelling a way of teaching, where quality learning is the focus rather than the latest gadget; ‘what is said, rather than what is used to say it’. So, today, we shared just some of the practical ideas it is possible to experience as a result of a few digital delights.

After showing a big, and accessible, range of ways to engage, and motivate students of all ages, and abilities, we reinforced how these elements are not only essential for quality learning experiences to take place, but how they can also have a massive impact on standards, achievement… and enjoyment!

Thanks to Philip Matson for the invitation, and Alan Scott for his role in organising our visit.

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