East Lothian has been at the forefront of using blogging in Education. Lots of teachers and pupils are now using the EduBuzz WordPress system to support learning in the classroom. It is important to remember however that blogging can also be a powerful learning tool for teachers.
I came across a great example of this at the weekend. Stephanie Disbury is a Maths Teacher at Thurso High School who is using her blog to record her own learning journey. Not only does this benefit Stephanie, it can also provide a fascinating insight into the thoughts of a colleague 280 miles away. This is fantastic, affordable CPD for both of us! Take her recent post on assessment for example. This was clearly a critical incident for Stephanie – but it is also very useful for her readers to develop their own ideas on the future of assessment under Curriculum for Excellence. It’s well worth a read.
There are lots of other fantastic blogs out there. A good place to start is ScotEduBlogs – anyone who is anyone with a Blog in Scotland adds it to this free website. You can then get an RSS feed from this site which will let you know when a new post has been added to any blog listed!
The latest publication in the HMIE Learning Together series was released yesterday. What is this document about?
Its focus is upon continuing professional development (CPD), collegiality and the role of chartered teachers in schools. It draws upon knowledge of practice gained from 2007 to 2009, including evidence from our inspection programme, and the findings of research. We visited schools in every education authority and had discussions with staff. We reviewed the practices and processes being developed in schools and authorities and identified examples of emerging and innovative practice. Most importantly we sought evidence for the impact of these processes on the outcomes for learners.
A reminder that Curriculum for Excellence sessions are being held for all primary staff this term.
Please sign up for sessions through Staff Development using codes provided. firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday 10th November Prestonpans Primary School ECS 366
Wednesday 11th November Sanderson’s Wynd Primary School ECS 367
Thursday 12th November Wallyford Primary School ECS 372
Wednesday 18th November Dunbar Primary School ECS 368
Thursday 19th November Haddington Infants School ECS 369
Monday 23rd November King’s Meadow Primary School ECS 370 (NQT only session)
Tuesday 24th November Gullane Primary School ECS 371
Opportunity for all staff to come along and discuss current practice and progress being made with CfE, share ideas and/or concerns.
All sessions 4.00-5.30pm
Building the Curriculum 4: Skills for Learning, Skills for Life and Skills for Work was released today. Click here to download the document directly, or you can read more about the document on the LTS website by clicking here.
Another new addition to the LTS website is their CPD resource for developing partnership with employers, click here to access this.
The ASE are running a series of meetings for Primary teachers entitled: “Relevant, Inspiring, Engaging”. The days will include workshops from experienced teachers and CPD providers and an exhibition of resources to support primary teaching.
The closest one for East Lothian teachers will be in Lauder on Saturday 31st October and costs £20 or £12 for ASE members/students/probationers.
If you’re interested you can download the forms below: