140x140Practical Pedagogies 2016:

The following sessions took place at the last conference which was hosted at the International School of Toulouse. The 90+ sessions saw expert practitioners offering sessions with a primary-school, secondary-school and whole-school focus.

The conference began with a keynote from Ewan McIntosh, who also offered two workshops. Each delegate was able to attend up to eight sessions over the two days.

The exact timetable was produced over the Summer, with every effort made to ensure that subject-specific workshops were not timetabled against each other.

"Workshops from keynote speaker Ewan McIntosh"


"Visions That Matter" with @ewanmcintosh

Whether you're the Director of a large school or a classroom teacher trying to engage a team of parents or students, knowing the WHY is vital. Knowing how to express it is another game altogether. Visions in education are invariably written in meaningless trueisms. In this workshop, you will rewrite your vision, or create a new one, for a school, for a class or for a new project. And there won't be one "excellence", "paradigm" or "21st century" in sight.

Ewan McIntosh (MD of global consultancy that works with the world's top schools & creative firms. High school teacher, former National Adviser on Learning & Technology)

"Provoke or go home" with @ewanmcintosh

Provocation remains the strongest tool in a teacher's box. Since the 1960s, the power of provocation has been felt and rewarded in advertising, engineering, computing and, vitally, learning. But in learning, we sometimes forget what might feel provocative for us doesn't quite have the desired effect on our students. In this workshop, we'll take a project, unit or lesson of your choosing, and explore how we can create powerful, provocative hooks that really get students asking questions to which they do not know the answer.

Ewan McIntosh (MD of global consultancy that works with the world's top schools & creative firms. High school teacher, former National Adviser on Learning & Technology)

"Primary School Focus"


"How might role play be relevant to mathematics learning?" with @helenjwc

The workshop will draw on my doctoral research into two classrooms (1 Y4, 1 Reception) in one primary school using role play to enrich their children's mathematics learning. Video clips of children role-playing and reflecting on their play will be viewed and implications for classroom practice discussed.

Helen Williams (I teach part time at a primary school in Falmouth, UK where I have the job title Mathematician in Residence. I have taught across the primary range for 30 years and have a particular interest in Early Years mathematics learning. )

"Reading for pleasure is the key to progress" with @joga5

During this session, Bill will share some of the strategies used at his school and others which have developed a love of books in their pupils. Bill will talk through his "Reading Rights of the Child" through a range of books which he loves and has shared with children. There will be time to look at the books he can fit into his suitcase and to share approaches from the schools of those attending as well so that the group will produce their own version of the Reading Rights. Expected outcomes: Teachers will leave with some strategies for developing their school as a reading school, knowledge of some books they didn't know and translated books as well as a big shopping list.

Bill Lord (Head Teacher. Bill Lord is Head teacher of a large rural primary school in Lincolnshire. Bill has worked at a national level as an English adviser and has spoken for 15 years on engaging readers and raising standards in reading. He is co-author of the UK Literacy Association book 'I know what to write now!'.)

"Tweaking Science pedagogy" with @RobertsNiomi

I will be sharing ideas for pre and post assessments in Science and discussing the influence discussion based learning has on Science progress. I will be showing and involving the audience in a range of Science learning tasks which will develop curiosity and a deeper understanding within children. I will be sharing examples of how we have tweaked Science learning at my current school, showcasing wonder walls, odd one out activities and Science days. Finally I will be sharing tips for the Science Forensic days which have been carried out at my current school and showing how this can be adapted to be used in other school settings.

Niomi Roberts (Class teacher, NQT mentor, Science lead and Phase leader. )

"It is not just History, it is a Creative Cross Curricular Learning Journey!" with @cjabracher

A workshop to give ideas on how to bring about cross curricular learning. With a focus particularly on History (and where relevant Geography) and how the skills can be interwoven across the curriculum to create an engaging and creative project based learning journey. Ideas for linking the skills of non core subjects (again with a History focus) to Computing, English, Maths and Science. Making the learning of memorable and real whilst embedding the skills both inside and outside of the curriculum in the primary phase. Strategies to try and adapt inside and outside of the classroom. I have been teaching this way during the course of this year. My Battle of Britain project was hugely successful and since then I have run a Geography based project and am currently embarking on new strategies with again a History focus linking to all of the other subjects detailed above. I look forward to being able to share my strategies and ideas in a manner that will enable others to adapt them and try new projects in the same way.

Claire Bracher (AHT/English and UKS2 Lead )

"Mantle of the Expert: using imaginative contexts for learning" with @imagineinquiry

The session would involve the participants in co-creating a fictional setting. Followed by a discussion around the teaching steps, and how the context might be used to engage the students and generate learning activities across the curriculum.

Tim Taylor (Freelance teacher with over twenty years experience working in the classroom. He is a visiting lecturer at Newcastle University and runs training courses in Mantle of the Expert, both nationally and internationally. Tim is the web manager and blogger for mantleoftheexpert.com and imaginative-inquiry.co.uk. He writes for several education magazines and is a contributor to the Guardian Teacher Network. His book "A Beginner"s Guide to Mantle of the Expert" was published earlier this year. )

"Empowering children to take ownership of their learning" with @RosannaWilson31 & @RCurran15

Rosanna Wilson and I will be discussing ideas on methods to ensure that Children are active in their Learning.

Rachel Curran and Rosanna Wilson (Year 5 Class teacher)

"Embedding Philosophical Enquiry Across the Primary Curriculum" with @JennaLucas81

I would like to lead a session discussing Philosophy for Children (P4C) and its benefits in supporting 'enquiry' in subject areas across the primary curriculum. I would look at how to run a session, the importance of questioning, how it can develop knowledge and understanding in different subject areas and the use of various stimuli to promote philosophical enquiry.

Jenna Lucas (Primary teacher, English/Talk for Writing Leader, Coach/Mentor)

"Coding with Cards!" with @yallsop

The recent focus on coding has been very challenging for many teachers, especially in primary schools. I would like to show how we can teach programming concepts using card and board games without using any technology! These games can be modified to fit into any school curricula and different age groups in primary classroom.

Yasemin Allsop (Senior lecturer in Computing, Roehampton University)

"Fun ideas for drama in primary"

A fun session that will look at the physical side of drama allowing you to explore your imagination!

Karen Dawson (Teaching assistant/ amateur actress/director )

"Stimulating Imagination using Virtual and Augmented Worlds" with @Ideas_Factory

Trying to get those pesky boys to write? Finding it difficult to provoke some imaginative writing in class? My session will showcase and signpost free web tools; ideas, inspirations and resources, to help reluctant writers get their creative juices flowing. It will be a very hands on practical session. You will leave the session with many ideas to try out in your classroom. You will be amazed at how easy it is, to be creative using new technology and to help your students enjoy writing.

Julian S. Wood (Primary School Deputy Headteacher)

"Using technology to enhance learning in primary school." with @dughall

Learn about how to use a number of (often free) technology tools and apps to engage children in practical, topic-based learning activities. Practitioners will hear about practical examples of a range of successful projects and ideas across the primary age range.

Dughall McCormick (Learning Partner - Dughall's background is in primary education and he has a history of effectively using technology to enhance learning. He now advises schools in how to get maximum impact from technology.)

"Developing mastery in Early Years Mathematics" with @PCampbell91

This seminar will explore practical examples, embedded in research, on how we can develop mastery and a love for learning in Mathematics in the Early Years (Nursery - Year 2). It will illustrate how learning through play and how facilitating exploration and building a purposeful and stimulating learning environment allows young learners to develop key early mathematical concepts. It will demonstrate the importance of using a range of manipulatives to build and illustrate understanding, such as Numicon, Dienes and many others. This seminar will also explore how one-to-one assessment tools can be utilised to support the identification of young learners' strengths and additional support needs and inform the facilitation of tailored support for each child as the move from an Early Years setting into Primary and beyond. Moving into the early stages of Primary, we will explore how fostering independence in the use of manipulatives and problem setting can support mathematical thinking and development. We will also explore how developing key skills of reasoning, problem solving and creative thought in Mathematics can be fostered through regular 'Investigations' utilising a range of mathematical skills. While offering practical exemplification of working towards mastery in learning in Mathematics for all children, this seminar will also offer a chance for participants to reflect on, debate and share their experiences realted to how we embed the principles of progression, breadth, depth, coherence, challenge and enjoyment, personalisation and choice and relevance in learners" experiences in Mathematics across a whole school.

Paul Campbell (Early Years Teacher and Ed.D. Student)

"I am a Teacher - Get me Outside!" with @WatsEd

Developing ideas and a culture for taking learning outside the classroom. A two-part workshop session, during which I will help teachers set out how to develop approaches to teaching across the curriculum using the outdoors. We all have taught lessons outside in PE and often art, but it can be just as profitable to teach elements of other subjects outside, be it Art, Maths, Geography or Music. Participants will then have opportunity to work with me and each other to co-plan ideas to take back into (and out of the classroom). Creating a network of people who can share ideas on the day and in the future.

Mike Watson (Primary Teacher/Consultant for Outdoor Learning & Educational Visits developing environmentsand experiences for learning)

"Sketchbook pARTicipation strategies" with @MissSMerrill

Part 1: make handmade sketchbooks prepare pages. Part 2: using sketchbooks. creating a culture for using them in the primary setting. Part 3: Task - how would van sketchbooks be used in a range of themes

Sophie Merrill (Art and creative curriculum specialist, phase and curriculum leader )

"Shakespeare in the Primary Classroom" with @Mr_Rathe

This will be an interactive session introducing teachers to a number of strategies for using Shakespeare in the Primary classroom, including - Ten point plot summaries and freeze framing - An introduction to Shakespearean language - Playing with iambic pentameter - Drama games and improvisations on a play's theme - Using twitter to tell character's stories/ summarise a play in 140 characters - Ideas to inspire writers using Shakespeare - Using graphic novels/ filmed adaptations - Building up to a performance. No experience of Shakespeare will be needed for the session's participants.

Stuart Rathe (Class teacher and Shakespeare specialist. Currently an advisory teacher for Shakespeare Birthplace Trust's Shakespeare Week and have undertaken consultancy work for BBC in connection with Shakespeare for BBC Schools Radio and CBBC)

"Mucking in Together" with @brynll & @tagtiv8

Based on a case study, we will look at ways we can collaborate on creative projects and share them with a wider audience.

Bryn Llewellyn (Creator of Tagtiv8 Active Learning Games)

"The power of giving young writers a worldwide audience" with @SimonPobble

Pobble.com is an exciting way of using technology to making writing truly inspirational for children. Created by teachers and school leaders, Pobble was originally intended as a simple on-line bank of childrens writing to give other professionals in education from around the world ideas for their practice. However, what developed was a large worldwide community of enthusiastic people all passionate about childrens writing. This innovative website is now taking the education world by storm! Many schools are now using this wonderful tool as a spectacular way to raise writing standards and enjoyment, as well as dynamically engaging proud parents, carers and the wider school community. This workshop will share with you a range of brilliant free resources and ideas which teachers can use and access immediately to impact on writing in schools. They will also share how Pobble publishes, shares and celebrates childrens writing with the world on a safe and secure platform. As well as being absolutely inspirational to young writers, one of the reasons why Pobble has taken off in so many schools is that it has been created with the busy teacher in mind! It takes a matter of seconds to submit work to the site; Pobble does all of the rest! Pupils adore the site and monitoring the numbers of views and comments on their writing, as well as finding out which countries their readers are from! The presentation will be a selection of slides, short videos and childrens writing samples delivered by our very own passionate co-founder Simon Blower

Simon Blower (Co-founder of Pobble)

"Putting Children at the Heart of Learning" with @TaffTykeC

How to create and capture those 'magic' moments where children are so engaged and immersed in activities that the teacher can truly become the facilitator of learning. A workshop that looks at: * classroom environment and provision, * how we question children to deepen their understanding, * what we do to record this process. The main aim is to share ideas and for delegates to share practical ideas that they can use.

Catherine Steel (Teacher and Computing Subject Leader at Redbridge Primary School, London)

"Dream for a living: using storytelling to explain everything" with @athole

How can we help children become narrators of their own stories and for the learning to 'stick' and be memorable? The workshop will be interactive and focus on various storytelling techniques to help students tell better stories, participate and find their voice. Using picture books, oral stories, poetry, song and film, the workshop will develop a range of practical storytelling skills that can be applied and adapted across all curriculum areas.

Athole McLauchlan (Principle Teacher, Bearsden PS, Scotland. Responsible for curricular development in digital learning, health and wellbeing, and outdoor learning.)

"SLT and Education working together to develop 'communication friendly' environments - What works?" with @LanguageLabSJ

We will explore what a communication environment looks like and what impact this has on children's language and learning.

Sarah Johnston (Lead Clinician Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) - I have almost 15 years experience working as an SLT, developing specialist skills in early intervention and preventative approaches. Since 2007 I have led a small team of SLTs to work collaboratively with health and education colleagues to develop sustainable ___communication friendly___ schools by using research based strategies. We have gathered robust evidence (from two schools and three nursery settings) that joint professional development focused on language learning and strategies leads to positive changes for children in terms of the quantity and quality of adult child interactions they have the opportunities to engage in.)

"Storytelling the Curriculum: Finding humanity in learning" with @emmabramley75

This is a practical session which explores how the use of narrative and storytelling can be used to make learning relevant, purposeful and memorable. It will both demonstrate and present the notion that finding the human angle in the classroom is not only engaging but vital in the 21st century.

Emma Bramley (Emma Bramley is a freelance creative practitioner who works primarily within school communities developing creative ways of exploring the curriculum. She trains teachers/students in dramatic inquiry practices and mantle of the expert as well as continues to work alongside children in classrooms.)

"Exploring assessment and progression in Music education" with @AllyDaubney

This workshop focuses on the integral relationship between curriculum, pedagogy, assessment and progression. It seeks to offer advice, guidance and support in practical ways to teachers who would like to gain confidence and ideas in relation music education in their own setting. It will consider the link to values and "what progresses in music", encouraging delegates to consider how this translates into the classroom and the relationship between different aspects of a child's musical life within and beyond the classroom. The workshop will offer a framework for curriculum planning, progression and assessment, as well as exploring practical ways in which these can be meaningfully integrated into excellent teaching and learning through an inspiring music education. There will be multiple opportunities to share good practice and ideas, as well as to ask questions and explore areas of concern. Delegates will take away many new practical ideas for use in their own teaching, whether music is taught as a separate curriculum area or as part of creative curriculum planning. They will also leave with a greater understanding of how assessment in music education can be ethical, musical, and support worthwhile learning across the school, in ways that inspection bodies note as musically and educationally worthwhile. The workshop is planned around the substantive free materials published by the Incorporated Society of Musicians (subject association for music education in the UK) and authored by Dr. Alison Daubney from the University of Sussex and Professor Martin Fautley from Birmingham City University. More than 22,000 teachers worldwide have engaged with these materials since they were published in summer 2014.

Dr. Alison Daubney (Teacher educator - I work with pre-service and in-service teachers at the University of Sussex (Part time) and write free open source materials to help primary and secondary music teachers to develop curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. I have extensive experience of international curriculum and assessment development through working as a lead consultant with the University of Cambridge International Examinations. First and foremost, I am a teacher, working with pre-school children to postgraduate professionals undertaking further study. )

"The Art of Voice - Bringing Characters to Life" with @ben_culverhouse

A practical workshop, centred around the effective use of vocal expression in the primary classroom, with a particular emphasis on encouraging children to read for pleasure. I believe that a teacher's art of vocal expression is either being slowly forgotten as an effective tool, or that teachers' talents within this field might simply be untapped! This session aims to instil confidence amongst primary colleagues to use their voice to maximum effect in engaging their students. My recent Guardian Teacher Network article is based on the ideas around this principle: http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2016/jan/20/from-talking-moggies-to-chatty-rulers-my-voice-brings-my-teaching-to-life?CMP=share_btn_tw If you plan to attend this session, please feel free to bring along a favourite classroom story, or one that you'd like help in developing your recital of.

Ben Culverhouse (Year 5 teacher, Science co-ordinator)

"Creative visualizations of History"

I'm an Italian primary school teacher. It is important for me to explain the potential of a creative visualization, because we can use it with all the subjects, not only for History. It is a holistic way to learn. Maria Montessori talks about it in " to educate the human potential". I have translated this theoretical concept into a practical tool, the creative visualization.

Cherif Galal (Primary school teacher)

"PYP in practice" with @sek_yr6 & @misstesl

Students learn through their participation in the activities by gathering information and processing it by solving problems and articulating what they have discovered. I've been rounding up some fun activities that engage students and provide them with opportunities to deepen their learning by applying concepts and new knowledge.

Tunde Szladovics (PYP teacher )

"Arts and Humanities"


"Sketchnoting for beginners" with @lisibo

Making notes is a vital skill for all ages and sketch noting is a highly effective and useful way of doing just that. You can call it visual note taking, doodling or scribbling; it's all sketch noting, creating a personal visual story of something you're reading or hearing. This workshop will explore how to sketch note and its applications in teaching and learning.

Lisa Stevens (Primary Languages and International Coordinator, Whitehouse Common Primary and Welford Primary, Birmingham, director of Lisibo Ltd and Apple Distinguished Educator)

"Learning through Drama" with @wakeydramapaul

60 minute active workshop to explore: What is learning through Drama? | Using Drama as an engagement tool | Mapping your space and using stories across the Curriculum | How can using Drama help towards outstanding learning and teaching in Literacy and Citizenship? | Examples, Case Studies and Ideas to take away and planning time | Applicable to any age range, subject and context.

Paul Bateson (Paul is a highly qualified, experienced teacher of Drama currently working at Hemsworth Arts and Community Academy in West Yorkshire. Paul currently teaches Drama up to A-Level and is Head of Alternative Curriculum, which is an innovative blended approach delivered to Y7 incorporating Drama, Citizenship, PSHEE, Philosophy for Children, Communication, Literacy, Photography and Outdoor Learning. An outstanding practitioner, he is currently engaged in a program of teacher mentoring, working with colleagues across subject areas to address all areas of Learning and Teaching. Paul has also worked in primary school settings and led various community projects with adults. Paul is currently completing his MA (Education) with a focus on Mantle of the Expert.)

"Taking Action: Students as Global Citizens" with @mareewhiteley

Human rights and social justice are the key themes explored in this workshop, as we examine several examples of integrated units, as told by the teachers and students who participated in this action learning project. History, Geography, English and Civics Education links drove each inquiry, as the students, from Year 5 to Year 9, argued an evidenced-based perspective on a global issue. This workshop will outline how to successfully implement Project-Based Learning (PBL) to enable your students to demonstrate their Critical thinking, Literacy, Ethical and Intercultural Understanding through an authentic task.

Maree Whiteley (Maree Whiteley is a Humanities consultant with the Association of Independent Schools of WA (AISWA) and an Associate Lecturer at the University of Western Australia (UWA), working directly with teachers and pre-service teachers, to assist them in implementing creative and innovative programs, using the new Australian Curriculum. An experienced primary teacher, with a passion for cultural heritage, social history and global education, Maree was involved in the development process of the Australian Curriculum: History, is now a resource writer, Professional Learning presenter and coordinator of special projects.)

"The powers of Geographical Information" with @GeoBlogs

Geographers are interested in spatial patterns, and the growing availability of, often real-time, location based information brings new depth to teaching geography. Students don't only consume this information, but they also produce it themselves, and it is also used after natural disasters to aid the relief effort.
The workshop will explore how this renewed focus on the 'where' can bring new ideas to teach familiar topics, but also broaden these activities into other curriculum areas. It will include ideas from several ERASMUS-funded projects, a resource on transport geographies, a project for the British Red Cross and work completed in the classroom by pupils.
You'll leave the session with some practical pedagogical resources to adopt and adapt, and ideas for personal innovation, as well as introducing some free tools and mobile apps.

Alan Parkinson (Head of Geography (Junior) King's Ely - Cambridge)

"Planning reactive Geography & student led displays" with @MattPodbury

A short session on integrating Geography in the News into your lessons as and when it happens. We will focus on major sporting events, EU migration/refugees situation and natural disasters. A planning template together with a list of tried and tested learning activities will help you to react quickly and implement quality Geography in your classroom as and when it happens.

Matthew Podbury (Head of Geography - International School of Toulouse)

"Creating VR experiences in the (geography) classroom" with @richardallaway

Quickly moving beyond the _gimmick of using VR headsets (such as Google Cardboard) to focus upon how such tools can be used effectively and efficiently in the (geography classroom). We will explore a number of different ways that educators and students can capture 360 photospheres and then build them into creative and meaningful inquiry.

Richard Allaway (Geographer, Teacher, Technology Integrationist and Resource Developer)

"Uncovering History (not covering the curriculum) - The power of archives in the classroom" with @The_History_Man

How can we engage students' curiosity and preconceptions to enable them to uncover the past and develop deep-learning? Andrew Payne will share the practical approaches that the UK National Archives use every day in the classroom and online to support students in using one of the greatest collections in the world for enquiry-based History.

Andrew Payne (Head of Education & Outreach - The National Archives of the United Kingdom)

"Thinking like Hegel: Implementing a Critical Thinking Methodology in History" with @Tommy02101970

How do we develop the conceptual skills, big picture thinking and fearless learner attributes of our students through History? The aim of this workshop is to shift away from a narrative-driven approach to history, by considering history from a philosophical perspective. 'Thinking Like Hegel' implies going beyond typical enquiry questions; instead we will consider the shape of history itself. With reference to a Hegelian model, my workshop will explore a critical thinking methodology. My resources will be based upon a scheme of work I have devised for lower sixth students on the inter-war years of the twentieth century.

Matthew Tomlinson (I am a History teacher at the Lycee International of Saint Germain en Laye. I have a PhD in History from York University (the subject of the thesis was the reconstruction of the Somme in the aftermath of the Great War). I appeared on the BBC Historical documentary 'The Wonderful World of Albert Kahn' which explored Kahn's photographi archive of the Great War and the ruins of the Western Front.)

"Connecting the Classroom with the "Real World": Making Politics Relevant" with @ZoeLynes

Politics is an ever-changing subject, and yet sometimes it can be hard to push students' perception beyond the exam syllabus. This workshop aims to examine how we can engage students with their subject beyond the end-view of examinations, and foster an independent engagement with their subject as a discipline. We will be exploring the use of social media, enrichment activities, and daily classroom interactions as a means of developing a wider-view of the content students learn in lessons. This workshop will be mainly focused on Government and Politics but it will have applicability across the curriculum!

Zoe Lynes and Charlotte Roper-Brown (Head of Politics and Teacher of Politics at The Thomas Hardye School. )

"Acting Locally, Thinking Globally- World Heritage Education" with @jdaviesIIICH

Article 4 of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention states that each State Party has 'the duty of ensuring the identification, protection, conservation, presentation and transmission to future generations of the cultural and natural heritage' (UNESCO 1972); it is through Outreach and Education that this 'transmission' is undertaken. Article 27 enshrines the Educational duties of World Heritage Sites, as it states that 'The States Parties to this Convention shall endeavour by all appropriate means, and in particular by educational and information programmes, to strengthen appreciation and respect by their peoples of the cultural and natural heritage' (UNESCO 1972) World heritage sites are inscribed by UNESCO for their outstanding universal value, in turn they are learning resources of outstanding universal value. As learning resources they are: | Cross curricular | Place based education | Learning outside the classroom | Hands on learning | Object based learning | Enquiry based learning | Resources which intersect Personal, local, national and International understanding and significance | Resources which intersect and facilitate understandings about the Past, present and future . This workshop is based on my research for English Heritage on Outreach and Education at UK World Heritage Sites and my PhD research on Education and World Heritage Sites, 'How are World Heritage values communicated within the learning process', with Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site as the case study. World Heritage Education principles, approaches and mechanisms will be identified and discussed, with the aim that participants leave with the confidence about how to use one of the 1031 (and counting) World Heritage Sites within classroom and out of classroom learning.

Jamie Davies (AHRC CDA Researcher )

"Film and Difficult History: Pitfalls, Opportunities and Approaches" with @History_Ben

History can be difficult conceptually and it can also be difficult emotionally. This workshop will share the lessons learned by a groups of teachers and trainees exploring how the medium of film can help students get to grips with both the conceptual and emotional challenges which difficult history topics can present. There will be lots of useful links and ready to use approaches.

Ben Walsh (Teacher trainer, author and examiner)

"Fast, no-fuss learning ideas for historians - sans technology!" with @verityaylward

Quick and easy ideas to get students away from the laptops and talking about History. From debating to speed dating and lots in-between, this workshop aims to fire up the imagination and maximize student engagement at all levels.

Verity Aylward (History teacher/Author: London, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Beijing, Brussels. Now teach at JAGS in London. )

"Activities to develop higher level thinking skills in History" with @mrbhistoryblog

My proposal is to run a collaborative workshop focusing on activities which can help develop higher level thinking skills in History. I make no claims to be original in my ideas, but over the years I have collected, shared, developed and adjusted a range of practical activities and approaches (many of which have been gleaned from colleagues and other teachers) that are aimed at helping students develop more advanced skills in History. These include role-plays and decision-making games with follow-up activities, how to build in progression from Years 7-13, the use of evidence in extended writing, distinguishing between narrative and analysis, encouraging reflection and constructive criticism, going beyond the text book and fomenting real interest in the subject. If I did do the workshop I would also like it to act as a forum for other history teachers to exchange ideas and approaches.

Simon Baskett (Curriculum Manager and History teacher at Runnymede College, Madrid.)

"I have started so I'll finish - ideas for starters and plenaries in the History-Geography classroom" with @HistGeoBritSec

An introduction to a selection of our favourite starter and plenary activities that we have used in teaching History and Geography, but could be used in any subject. These activities can be used for launching enquiries, exploring documents, encouraging critical thinking, making judgements, revision etc. The session would include a presentation of different ideas and allow delegates to try some of them out for themselves.

Jonathan Taylor and Claire Allen (Teacher of History-Geography)

"Modern Foreign Languages"


"Practical Ideas to teach Grammar in MFL lessons" with @Smiley_Riley19

This workshop is designed to help Modern Languages Teachers teach students alternative ways of learning and revising grammar rules (with a focus on French and German). Explore a range of ideas on how to look at grammar from a different viewpoint, teaching it through song, games and interactive activities including the use of Tagtiv8, battleships and human sentences.

Laura Riley (German Subject Coordinator at St George's International School, Cologne)

"Stretching gifted and talented linguists through the use of movies" with @aureliamcnicol

Having developed with Gifted and Talented London and Film Education a set of teaching resources to stretch students and support their teachers on Igcse, A level and IB B topics using French movies, I would like to lead a session on using recent movies in the class and as part of cross-curricular days in order to inspire and challenge, may teachers have a 15mn slot or a dedicated day.

Aurelia McNicol (Head of Languages)

"Creating Authentic Contexts for Communication in a MFL Class" with @amelia_sm

This workshop aims to empower attendees with ideas, tools and resources on how to engage students in their language learning journey. My focus will revolve around these teaching approaches: project-based learning, inspired on the communicative task-based approach for language learning theory with the use of technology; flattening the classroom by connecting with schools around the world and by participating in global programs; promoting oral exchanges in the target language by using Rachel Hawkes and Helena Curtain's theories, Project zero's visible thinking routines (Harvard University) and the IB Learner Profile; fostering international-mindedness by encompassing multilingualism and service.

Amelia Sevilla (MFL Teacher/ International Educator currently based in Singapore, with experience in teaching French and Spanish as first and second language across the Primary and Secondary Curriculum.)

"Doing things differently- building engagement in MFL" with @chrisfullerisms

The session will look at the ever-important theme of finding ways to get students more involved with the language learning process using techniques that work. This will include ways to give students more control over their learning and enable them to use more personalised language- taking the emphasis off of your shoulders! It will also look at strategies to expand the reach of the MFL department beyond the classroom walls

Chris Fuller (Lead Teacher- Languages, Director of Curriculum)

"Comprehensible Input Techniques to Increase Fluency in the Second Language Classroom"

Participants will learn how to provide comprehensible input in various forms and in multiple contexts, how to make any resource comprehensible and how to use CI to foster continuous interaction in the target language. Participants will see lessons, view classroom video clips and experience strategies first-hand through an interactive demonstration. They will leave armed with tools and resources to create lessons that naturally inspire comprehensible output and ultimately result in second language acquisition

Kelly Buffington (MYP/DP French Teacher, MEd. Literacy Studies, MA, French and Francophone Studies)

"Science and Technology"


"Technology in Science lessons: when is it a useful tool for learning?" with @IST_Physics

In the first part of the workshop I would like to show you some of the tools I use in my Physics classes. These include animations, websites, videos and graphing software We can talk about when they are useful and when they should be avoided. The second part, which will run in the second hour, is an opportunity to play with our Vernier data logging equipment. Teachers will be welcome to stay or leave as they wish during the two hour workshop slot.

Colin Cuthbert (Physics and Science teacher)

"Causing a BOOM in science open days/clubs" with @istchem

A workshop where demos/practicals can be demonstrated e.g. Harry Potter Science, cross-curricular practicals/demos that will link in other subjects, and, of course, some teacher demonstrations to create a bang in the class/playground.

Emma Whitby (Teacher with responsibility for Chemistry and Careers Coordinator)

"Simple Strategies and Tricks to Get High School Students Thinking" with @D_Faure

Have you ever wondered how you can get those quiet students who avoid eye contact to participate more in class? Or perhaps you"d like all of your students to be more engaged and share some of your enthusiasm for the topics you cover. In this workshop, join David Faure as he explores a few simple strategies and tricks to get everyone out of their seats and involved in their lessons. Some of the ideas involve "group work," while others are whole class activities or even games. You don"t need any fancy equipment, but a little courage to try something new is essential. Your colleagues might ask what you were up to, but students might be talking about your lessons all the way home! While David will use examples from his high school biology classes, the tips and strategies could be useful across curriculum.

David Faure (Head of Science at IST.)

"Mobile phones in the science class room"

We may hate mobile phones in our classrooms for a plethora of (good) reasons, but they do have uses that can be exploited. Moving on from taking photographs, google searching and the stopwatch, how about creating QR codes for students to decode in a treasure hunt, taking video data to calculate velocity, or using accelerometers to examine collisions? Watch a clip of a student describing his analysis of mobile phone accelerometer data of his journey to school and brainstorm uses for cameras, audio and GPS. This is also an opportunity to share knowledge of useful apps and software e.g.Tracker.

Halina Stanley (Secondary school science and maths teacher; research scientist)

"EAL and Science" with @ealacademy

This workshop covers the nature of language in science and shares resources and strategies that have been very successful with secondary EAL students in science lessons.

Graham Smith (Graham is a very experienced EAL teacher and consultant currently leading The EAL Academy.)

"Supporting girls in STEM careers through enterprise projects" with @EnterpriseSBox

Introductory: speech with outcomes and stats from the STEM Business / Manufacturing projects I've designed and delivered since 2006. Hands-on: Attendees will be able to experience and understand the STEM workshops and resources that have increased girls' (and boys') interest in and experience of STEM jobs and careers.

Andrew Bernard (STEM workshop designer and professional speaker, entrepreneur)

"Engineer Good: Engineering Solutions to Global Challenges" with @ProjectEngin

Inclusion of Engineering Design in the K-12 classroom enables teachers to bring real world issues into the curriculum. Global imperatives, such as the need for adequate housing, access to clean water, reliable infrastructure, energy needs, and sustainability, will frame very real problems for the future citizens who are in today"s classrooms. Many of these challenges are embodied in the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Engineering allows young people to actively pursue solutions to these challenges, empowering them rather than simply informing them. The "Engineer Good" project is part of ProjectEngin"s curriculum units centered on global issues. Transdisciplinary engineering design projects have been developed for use in middle and high school science courses. The projects focus on developing cultural empathy to guide the use of appropriate technology in addressing global engineering challenges. The relatively low-tech nature of appropriate technology makes it accessible and understandable to students, encouraging them to "think globally, act locally". Two projects that will be described and modelled in this workshop deal with disaster-proof housing and access to safe lighting technologies. Engineering projects that deal with social impact have been shown to increase girls" interest in STEM fields and provide curriculum rich in social studies and art connections. Participants will gain a better understanding of the opportunities for connected, real-world learning that inclusion of engineering can provide along with some information about human-centered design thinking and its transdisciplinary nature. The hands-on portion of the workshop will also involve a 15 minute "quick build" to focus on the challenges of designing for heavy rain and wind resistance, given limited resources. In addition, simple lighting technologies will be modelled. These activities are easily translated into classrooms to provide projects rich in curricular connections, and along with the resources provided, can be used as springboards to engage young people in becoming part of the solution to global issues.

Ann Kaiser (Ann is a STEM Education Consultant and CEO of ProjectEngin LLC, a firm that provides professional and curriculum development services to support the inclusion of engineering in K-12 education. A graduate of Columbia University"s School of Engineering and Applied Science (B.S. Metallurgy and Materials Science) and the School of International and Public Affairs (Masters in International Affairs), Ann is a former metallurgical engineer with 16 years of experience in secondary education. As an engineer, her field of expertise was product and market development. As an educator, Ann"s main interest is in attracting creative, innovative young people to technical fields by exposing them to the possibilities and promises of engineering. Ann was named a Fulbright Distinguished Teacher in 2013, researching the implementation of Engineering Design projects as Performance Tasks in secondary physics classes in Singapore.)

"Bringing World Language to the STEM Table" with @madamebrady

Science? Technology? Engineering? Math? STEM is the current push in education. This is the language of grants and funding. How do we, as world language teachers, find our place in this seemingly exclusive club and convince our colleagues, administrators, students, and parents of our natural connection to 21st Century Learning? Come learn some new ideas for expanding your curricular boundaries and making connections, as well as examples of STEM projects that embrace world languages, as well as a groundbreaking program launched this year in my High School called Innovation Studios which puts these ideas into play on a large scale.

Tracy Brady (French/Spanish Teacher at East Syracuse Minoa Central Schools; Newsletter Editor and Past President Language Educators of Central New York; New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers presenter; Northeast Council of Teachers of Foreign Language MEAD Fellow 2016; 2015 Keynote Speaker Binghamton University Conference on Foreign Language Teaching; Techie Rebel changing the world one student at a time.)

"Teaching Science Like a Pirate" with @hobson_k

Creating an engaging and memorable Science classroom has been inspired by Dave Burgess' book - 'Teach Like a Pirate'. Throughout the session, we will explore a range of ways that teachers can use a variety of tactics to boost the engagement of their students with the main aim of improving learning outcomes.

Kelly Hollis (Kelly is the Assistant Science Coordinator at Rosebank College in Sydney, Australia and a co-founder of #aussieED. She has a passion for Science education that she passes on to her students through the development of engaging programs of work that inspire students to take a deeper interest in Science. The integration of technology into her Science classes is also a keen interest of Kelly's.)

"Assessment and Revision"


"Unhomework: How to get the most out of homework without really setting it" with @russeltarr

In this session, which I am putting together to replace that of Mark Creasy who is no longer able to attend, I will talk about how I have been experimenting with 'open homework' and 'choose your own mark scheme' approaches.

Russel Tarr ()

"Gamification for Retention and Revision" with @hobson_k

Gamification builds engagement and engagement builds retention. Everyone loves a good game where there is a reward at the end, even if it's just the glory of having the #1 next to your name. In this workshop we will be looking at a number of tools that can be used to help build retention and help students to revise for exams. Bring your competitive nature and be prepared for battle!

Kelly Hollis (Assistant Science Coordinator)

"Beyond AFL and deeper into learning" with @coopsonia

"The student knows more than the teacher about what he has learned " even though he knows less about what he was taught." (a quote from Peter Elbow) A workshop with a chance to consider how to embed and develop strategies for really getting to the bottom of what students are learning. Plenty of practical ideas to try out in the classroom, including tactics for helping the learning "stick" for students.

Sonia Cooper (Head of AFL and Physics)

"Active Revision Strategies" with @bgsbio

I find that the best way to explain a strategy is to have your "audience" actually try out what you are explaining. I found that this worked extremely well in the TAGTIV8 workshop I attended last year so I would model my approach on this extremely well presented workshop. My idea is to present some active revision/ learning strategies that I use in my Biology classroom. These can equally be transferable to any subject that requires content to be revised and remembered. Strategy one: What can you recall? One person remains seated the rest stand up. The topic is explained. The people stood up think of a word and keep it in their heads. The person who has remained sat down has 30 seconds to say as many words as possible to do with that topic as possible. If your word is said you sit down. Alternate person sat down: could have a winner- the person who gets the most people sat down. Strategy two: Key word carousel creating and explaining links. Identical key word sheets on A3 paper arranged throughout the room. People work in pairs to draw links between key words and they must write on their link the reason for it. After several minutes one of the pair moves on the next station (new pairings). The person left behind has to explain the work already done before new links are made. After several more minutes the person who has yet to move moves 2 stations and the process is repeated. Can be done at the beginning and end of a topic to demonstrate progress. Highlights any words that the students do not understand and gets the students talking and explaining to each other. Strategy three: Scrabble: explain how your word links to the topic. Each group receives 7 letters as in normal scrabble. The group has to make any word they can out of the letters as long as they can link it to the topic. Example: teaching DNA: one group came up with VAN. They explained that a van runs on petrol, which is a hydrocarbon polymer, polymers are made of monomers, DNA is made of nucleic acids which are monomers of the DNA polymer. Teacher decides whether link is relevant and awards the number of points the letters are worth. Students then exchange the number of letters they want for new letters. Strategy Four Snap: Key words from the topic printed on individual cards. Snap every time you can explain a link. Does not have to be the same word. Strategy Five: Revision Speed dating. Pupils create a list of questions on the topic they know the answers too. Pair up. 4 minutes to ask and answer the questions providing the necessary help. One of the pair move on and repeat the process. Reduce the time as pupils get more confident. Strategy Six: White board Races. Divide class into teams. Each person is to have a mini white board accept one person who has a pen. List of questions, person with pen moves down the line answering the questions, one answer per white board. Hard to explain easier to demonstrate. Depending on how long each takes to explain would depend on the number of strategies demonstrated. I could also alter the audience if required. Could conclude with a discussion on how they could be used and adapted and anything else they have tried previously.

Zoe Smeaton (Biology Teacher with responsibility for Teaching Learning)



"What does creativity look like in mathematics?" with @Simon_Gregg & @teachmaths

This is a hands on practical session where we aim to share examples of rich mathematical activity that brings out the creative mathematician in everyone. Suitable for all comers, Primary, secondary, maths lovers, maths phobes - the more the merrier. We feel that we must have these experiences regularly ourselves if we are to share them with students! Hope to see lots of you there.

Jim Noble and Simon Gregg (Secondary and Primary mathematics teachers. Simon is Primary, Jim is secondary and we both do more than that, but for the purposes of this session, we are both fascinated by the wonder of mathematics and how to capitalise on the natural curiosity and creativity of our students so that they too can experinece mathematics as we see it!)

"Engaging Mathematics for everyone!" with @bowleso

If you came to this session in 2015, thank you! and please come again - a new set of activities guaranteed but the same, "try it for yourself format". Come and get your hands dirty! 1h of mathematical fun & games that can be used as a mental starter / 20min activity in any classroom (some primary (low ability/experience secondary), some secondary)!

Oliver Bowles (Experienced workshop leader and mathematics teacher interested in engaging lesson activities, hands-on mathematics, investigations and "discovery-based" learning as well as inspiration through applications)

"Using the 5 practices to engineer problem based learning experiences in mathematics" with @sgnagni

The 5 Practices--anticipating, monitoring, selecting, sequencing, and connecting--are a way to effectively orchestrate discussions in math class via problem-based learning. In this workshop I will demonstrate and discuss the 5 practices and how they can be used to enhance student learning in a K-12 setting.

Steven Gnagni (High school mathematics teacher, American School of Barcelona)

"e: A number who can teach!" with @KosmasIFC

In this workshop we aim to prove that maths can promote collaboration and interdisciplinarity in teaching. As an example we set the amazing number "e". We will show how we create lesson plans, activities and online material in order to combine his historical dimension, and its use in physics. The number was also used to handle "big data" before the PCs. From an economic prospective number e can be found in finance and logistics. You can also found it in nature, so we take the opportunity and we will try to travel our students outside of a class. Setting the subject and giving examples, participant will be asked to work together in order to plan lessons, activities and material that can be used in more than one course., with the use of educational applications.

Kosmas Mantsis ( R&D Consultant )

"SEN, EFL and Literacy"


"Creating a vision friendly classroom" with @PositiveEyeLtd

The session will raise awareness of the impact of visual impairment on the child"s learning and development and on their access to the curriculum. Practical strategies and application of appropriate resources to enable access and to positively support the inclusion of the child within the school or setting will be delivered through an interactive approach.

Gwyneth McCormack (Director of Positive Eye (Educational training service for professionals working with children with visual impairments))

"Jargon busting in the SEN World" with @Sprocketbrown

What does it mean to have visual processing difficulties? What exactly is working memory? What do motor skills and coordination difficulties mean in practice? How do you interpret an Educational Psychologist's report?

Claire Muir and Sarah Brown and Carol Birmingham (Student Support Teachers)

"Engaging and hooking reluctant learners with Poetry through song" with @jrichardson_j

A workshop that will discuss the difficulties of engaging pupils with poetry and building analytical skills, then offer a range of strategies that can be employed. The workshop will be hands on and the audience will trial the strategies by being placed into the position of a pupil. The main strategy that will be explored in how to use song to hook students to discover that poetry engagement and interpretation is something more accessible than they might have previously thought. This will be illustrated through a range of tried and tested songs/lyrics and will end with kinaesthetic strategies to encourage pupils to build skills to compare and contrast poetry texts at GCSE and A Level.

Julie Richardson (Deputy Head Teacher)

"Using your school library effectively across the curriculum" with @Elizabethutch

Collaborating with your school librarian and making the most of their knowledge and resources can make a difference to your students academic attainment. My librarians in Guernsey are currently working with teachers to embed whole school information literacy frameworks within our schools. These skills empower students to become independent learners and enable them to make good choices when researching. This workshop will give an overview of how this can work with some practical ideas of how to use it in the classroom.

Elizabeth Hutchinson (Head of Schools' Library Service, Guernsey @elizabethutch)

"Write with flair" with @AJMCrawford

This workshop, designed to turn average writers into attention-grabbing stylists, will demonstrate easy ways of showing students how to write a greater variety of sentence types. Particularly useful for middling students, these accessible strategies mean that no longer just a few students will write to command attention. All will. Participants will have plenty of time to practise the skills: you will even be invited to flaunt your success to others in the room. This workshop will be a fun opportunity to write about a favourite topic in an authoritative and inviting way. You will have a _how-to sheet to take away with you.

Alastair Crawford (I am a New Zealander teaching ESL, History and Literature classes at PORG Gymnasium in Ostrava, Czech Republic. )

"Literature classroom strategies to improve student engagement and performance"

This session addresses some of the key challenges in teaching/studying literature as identified by students and teachers respectively. It focuses on active questioning methods that transform the experience of reading independently, of class discussion, and of evaluating works for assessment. It demonstrates active ways of approaching texts in the major genres that engage students and help them develop nuanced and critical thinking about texts.

Elizabeth Stephan (IB teacher, author and consultant)

"Poetry unlocked: engaging activities through collaborative and creative workshops suitable to English speakers and EAL learners."

Poetry unlocked! Bringing together First Language students of English Literature and EAL students to explore poetry through drama, art and mindmapping.

Kate Wightman and Cecile Wade-Melidonian (Teacher of English and French, EAL and Learning Support)

"Educational Technology"


"Great #edtech for learning is..." with @Mr_BRouse

A showcase of the best practice technology for learning I have seen in my role across a multi-academy trust in UK. Through working with a variety of UK state schools on their use of technology to support learning I have some best practice to share, discuss. Bring your best and worst experiences with you as we design a best practice guide for making the most of technology for learning. You don't need to be in a 1:1 device school to contribute or have something to take away. Is money a hinderance to getting the best of of technology to support learning anyway?

Ben Rouse (Technology for Learning Lead at GLF Schools a Multi-Academy Trust based around South East of UK.)

"Using Technology for Informing and Engaging a Diverse Community of Students" with @APHxTeacher

Teachers will be introduced to technology (essentially apps but also some websites) that inform and engage students on a more personal and direct basis. Most of this technology will run on a student's cell phone. The categories of technology to be introduced include: ->Apps to Schedule ->Apps to Deliver Instruction ->Apps to Practice ->Apps to Create ->Apps to Assess ->Apps to Research ->Apps to Collaborate

Jeff Feinstein (History teacher (AP U.S. History and AP European History), West Potomac High School, Alexandria, Virginia (USA))

"Minecrafting the Classroom" with @ImmersiveMind

Introducing lessons across the curriculum, developed on active Minecraft Education servers in use around the world, Stephen Reid will help you to bring the power of Minecraft to your classroom. Covering the 'basics of Minecraft', giving teachers a taste of Minecraft as a tool for learning, the course will cover: 1. What is Minecraft? | 2. Why use Minecraft? | 3. How to play MineCraft | 4. Practical uses for curriculum and soft skills development | 5. Set up and tech guide.

Stephen Reid (Director)

"Using Twitter to enhance your teaching - the joys of being a magpie" with @littlestobbsy

I tell teacher friends who aren't on Twitter that they are mad, to try it and be amazed by the wealth of ideas that other teachers share across all subjects. This session includes ideas inspired by, magpied from and developed with the help of tweachers that can be used across the curriculum.

Carol Stobbs (Head of Humanities, history geek, Pedagoo curator and slightly addicted to the ideas shared on Twitter.)

"Bits and Bots and Glowies" with @magsamond

Participants can get, if not a full understanding, at least a "feel" for what's driving their computer driven world. Taking part in a touchy-feely-hands-on human electric circuit will help understand the nature of conductors, non-conductors and - whoosh - semiconductors. Then make, take and light up your day with a nice shiny glowie. Finally, see how creative you can get with a collection of littleBits and little bots.

Mags Amond (Retired from "inside" school, pottering round the Big World.)

"Effective Use of Class OneNotes and Audio Feedback." with @RosalynPopper

An active demonstration of the effective use of Microsoft Class OneNotes. To easily and quickly share content such as handouts, presentations, homework hand-ins and student /teacher feedback (both written & audio format) from anywhere. As well as showing the collaborative possibilities in lessons, whilst ensuring the E-safety of students and their personal work. -WiFi connection needed, and attendees welcome to use their laptops, tablets or smart phones compatible with Outlook/Office apps.

Rosalyn Popper (Teacher of Art, Design & Technology & Leader of Teaching & Learning )



"Approaches to teaching and learning in the IB Diploma Programme" with @jenny_gillett

This session will focus on exploring the approaches to teaching and learning that underpin the IB Diploma Programme. It will be led by Jenny Gillett from the IB global centre in The Hague, who is responsible for leading approaches to teaching and learning across all IB programmes.

Jenny Gillett (Senior Curriculum Manager (IB Diploma Programme))

"Curriculum Imagineering !" with @HYWEL_ROBERTS

Curriculum begins its life as a cold, dead document. The teacher wraps their humanity and skill around it and turns it into something that is to be negotiated and navigated through. In this workshop, I will share my work from classrooms in Hong Kong, Barnsley, Cairo and Cleethorpes. And many other places besides! I will share the Drama pedagogy that fuels my work and that could have an impact on yours. How do we get children to care about the curriculum? I hope to show you how. I'll draw on the work of Dorothy Heathcote, the Productive Pedagogies and other research ideas. This isn't just for Drama teachers but for teachers who'd like to evolve their practice. Thanks!

Hywel Roberts (Traveling Teacher and Writer . Hywel is a teacher, author and educationalist working with many organisations across the UK and beyond. He contributes to University Education programmes, is Associate Director of Independent Thinking Limited and an associate consultant for the University of Wolverhampton. A true Northerner, Hywel Roberts deals in curriculum liberation, creative practice, engagement, leadership, teacher development and imagineering in all settings. He also practices what he preaches in classrooms in the UK and abroad. Hywel was recently described as "a world leader in enthusiasm". Hywel"s award winning book "Oops! Getting Children to Learn Accidentally" is published by Crown House Publishing. His next book "Bad Hat Harry and Imagineering: Making the Curriculum Your Own" will be published in 2016.)

"Learning to lead: leading for learning" with @sh_hinchliffe

A presentation on moving from the classroom to a senior leadership role - hopefully going some way towards unpicking the idea that senior managers can't or don't want to teach. There will be a focus on aspects of leadership theory in practice and how it is possible to lead and develop a school by sharpening the focus on learning, both through improving practice in the classroom and facilitating meaningful CPD for colleagues. The overall aim is to provide an honest insight into the teacher to leader pathway and the competing tensions that have to be balanced to allow teachers the opportunity to develop professionally.

Simon Hinchliffe (Head)

"Becoming an Edu-preneur: Develop your career without leaving the classroom" with @russeltarr & @rogershistory

Most of us would agree that the best part of being a teacher is the actual teaching - but traditional promotion opportunities within schools frustratingly require us to spend less time in the classroom. In this session, we will share ways in which teachers keen to stay at the chalk-face as classroom practitioners can earn money by channelling this expertise and, in the process, make themselves better teachers into the bargain.

Russel Tarr and Thomas Rogers (Russel and Tom are both heads of History in international schools. Russel is also author of www.activehistory.co.uk / www.classtools.net. Tom is a weekly columnist for @tes and founder of @tmhistoryicons. )

"Developing better learners" with @natkin

There are lots of sessions on how to be a better teacher, but what about improving our students? In this session we will consider how to develop: Thinking skills through challenges Intrinsic motivation through fostering curiosity Questioning strategies to transform learning Skills for life

Neil Atkin (Educational Consultant / Maverick educator challenging convention)

"Strategies to improve whole school teaching and learning" with @lessontoolbox

Improving the quality of teaching and learning in schools can be challenging and colleagues can be disengaged or anxious at the prospect of sharing their lessons with others. This workshop is aimed at current or aspiring middle or senior leaders to help them reflect on ways to approach staff to begin the process of addressing their areas for development. It will share a model of a self-improving school system which cultivates peer-led learning and shows how teachers have been successfully supported to improve. Participants will reflect on their own contexts in terms of how they might effect change.

Pete Sanderson (Leader of Teaching and Learning at The City of Leicester College)

"Making the mundane memorable" with @davidErogers

A toolbox of strategies for developing sustainable professional development at a school scale. A range of real examples from Patcham High School"s approach to CPD will be shared, including / teacher driven research: projects at a micro-scale that inform and drive whole school change. / Using camera technology to develop better conversations around teaching practice. Find out how our teachers have decoded the fire hose of educational research and contextualised their finings for the benefit of our staff. On the way, David will suggest ways in which teachers and middle leaders can drive the teaching and learning agenda but asking for forgiveness rather than permission.

David Rogers (Assistant Headteacher and Geographer at Large)

"From the island, to the jungle and back again. Driving your own CPD." with @nataliehscott

A whirlwind talk about what has driven my career, from mentors and a support network, to seizing opportunities and making mistakes. Drawing initially on my time as an ITT and NQT mentor, then as an AST and LP and in recent years through a whirlwind of professional development opportunities that I've seized or stumbled upon, from school improvement work on the Isle of Wight, to learning to walk away and learn from mistakes and then on my time educating the jungle, teaching refugee children in Calais and Dunkirk. In our current education system, where we have CPD, inset and development needs put upon us, through appraisal and not always need, I talk about what I have done for myself to learn and widen my knowledge and experiences of education, and a job that I love. Ultimately we have to take ownership and do what makes us remember why we teach. If I have to be a little bit of a teaching adrenaline junkie to do that, then so be it. It's all about creating your own learning opportunities.

Natalie Scott (Teacher, Assistant head, AST and SLE, Teaching Adrenaline Junkie.)

"Curriculum, Current Events, Controversy: Maneuvering in a Multicultural World" with @MariuszEDU

Whether they teach languages, science, math, arts, or physical education, teachers are employed by schools to deliver prescribed curriculum to learners at specific stages of development. But in today's globalized world, we also recognize education as a moral enterprise and consequently expect teachers to act as arbiters of moral values. So how should teachers react in their classrooms to the global 'hot topics' that capture the attention of their students and their communities via news media? While many teachers are hesitant to discuss complex or controversial issues with students, they must realize that professing neutrality is in itself a political stance - even in math class! In unpacking current events through a multicultural lens, we will discover how the politics of difference underlie what is perceived as controversial and by whom. The purpose of this cross-curricular workshop is to help teachers of all subject areas to navigate between fulfilling existing curricular objectives and making space for responding to current events. Together we will brainstorm lesson ideas and discuss instructional strategies that elevate curriculum to reflect global realities, promote critical thinking, and create conditions for empowering both students and teachers.

Mariusz Galczynski (Post-doctoral Fellow, Office of Global Learning Initiatives, Florida International University; Managing Director, Comparative & International Education Society (CIES))

"Do Something: Research Projects that Make a Difference" with @BrianJMull & @nolatravelwrite

Research projects that integrate SS/ELA, technology, social media, service learning, student inquiry, and publication jump off the page when students are passionate to "do something." The rigorous work done as a part of this focused endeavor uses storytelling as the springboard for student passion and empathy, as well as to spark students" desire to select a global issue and make a difference in the world. When students begin exploring global issues through the lens of inquiry, they quickly discover the steps they can take to make a difference. With this knowledge, research ensues. Students learn how to pop Google"s "filter bubble," curate their work within research groups and analyze their discoveries through annotated bibliographies. Further research is done as students thoughtfully utilize social media to connect with individuals and groups who can add value to the research that has already been done. With the research now complete, the real fun (and yes, more important work) begins. To have maximum impact and to spread awareness within the school community and beyond, a variety of resources are created. These include polls that measure audience awareness, flyers and iMovie PSAs that are meant to give the audience an overview of each issue, social media accounts that provide an opportunity for students to share their learning with the world, interactive, and hands-on 20-minute lesson plans that are taught to peers within the school. The goal of the lessons is to demonstrate how students and teachers in our school can effect change. The final in-class element is the video reflection that highlights the process, products, and effectiveness of each campaign. All of this work culminates in a showcase that we call Global Citizenship Day, an opportunity for students to share their work with the community. Intrigued? This discussion will break down the components of this work into easily digestible chunks and will provide attendees with the framework, skillset, resources, templates, and rubrics that will allow them to help students become not only more aware of the world around them but also a more thoughtful part of it"to become upstanding citizens of the world.

Brian Mull and Denise Altobello (Innovation and Learning Design Coordinator at Trinity Episcopal School and Co-Founder of AssignmentNOLA - New Orleans, LA; Denise Altobello - English Teacher, Dean of Curriculum Design and Integration at Trinity Episcopal School and Co-Founder of AssignmentNOLA - New Orleans, LA.)

"Academic honesty: Moving forward with integrity" with @leilaholmyard

This interactive and discussion-based workshop will consider what constitutes academic honesty and how a culture of academic honesty can be developed in schools. Through looking at academic research and guidance from the International Baccalaureate, teachers will consider how best to educate students in the skills required for academic honesty, as well as how to approach the development of a whole school academic honesty policy.

Leila Holmyard (Curriculum Consultant for ManageBac and freelance education writer)

"Using CPD as a core lever for sustained school improvement." with @LizAMFree

We know from international research and evidence that "the quality of an education system cannot exceed the quality of its teachers" (2007 McKinsey Report). This session will explore the national and international CPDL landscape and will consider what we currently know about continuing professional development and learning (CPDL) as a core lever for school improvement, what consistently works and how you as a school leader can begin to embed principles of good practice within your school to raise standards of teaching and learning (all in one hour " huzzah!)

Liz Free (Director of the International Leadership Academy, British School in the Netherlands)

"Learning is not just about the classroom and it's not just about the teacher" with @leah_moo

This would be a session about squeezing learning in across the school day. There would be a focus on how to train and use pupils to enhance learning in classrooms as well as other opportunities across the school day. //There would be discussions about different parts of the day where learning could be happening in the attendees' schools. // It will have examples that have worked well for my schools as well as time to come up with new ideas together so that attendees have ideas to take away with them to use upon their return to school.

Leah Sharp (Leader of pupil leadership and Y3 teacher)

"Active Approaches to learning across the curriculum" with @eyeam1

The workshop will use a variety of active approaches developed and adapted from those used by the Royal Shakespeare Company in the rehearsal room. The session will explore how to make lessons memorable; engaging the students cognitively as well as kinaesthetically. We will undertake a range of activities which can be used in any department, drawing on the subject knowledge of the attendees to make the activities directly applicable to their own classrooms (not just drama studios). The session will provide teachers with new skills, enabling them to diversify their practice and take risks in the classroom. By taking a more experiential approach to learning, teachers will see greater engagement and enjoyment in their classrooms, and therefore improved student outcomes.

Terry Grego (Leader of Teaching and Learning)

"3-Dimensional Differentiation: So All Can Learn" with @jmccarthyeds

Differentiation is a challenge because most struggle with what "it" is. This session explores a framework for highly effective differentiation where teachers clearly understand and articulate to learners and community. Ties the 6 Elements of Differentiation with practical strategies that meet the needs of all learners. Using the 3-Dimensional Differentiation model participants will leave with resources that will immediately target lessons and units they are currently teaching.

John McCarthy (Education Consultant)

"Evidence-based teaching - some common misconceptions" with @DrGaryJones

There are increasing calls for teachers to use the latest research evidence in deciding upon teaching strategies. This session will look at some of the common misconceptions associated with both evidence-based teaching and evidence-informed practice. The session will then look in more detail at what is meant by evidence-informed practice and how individual teachers can use the approach to improve their practice.

Gary Jones (Dr Gary Jones, @DrGaryJones, worked in post-compulsory education for over 25 years and is now an independent researcher, consultant and blogger (http://evidencebasededucationalleadership.blogspot.co.uk). Gary has a doctorate in educational management from the University of Bristol and is interested in developing effectiveevidence-informed practice. In 2014 Gary led, in conjunction with Professor Bill Lucas of the Centre for Real-World Learning based at Winchester University, a college-wide action research project on the implementation of a theory of vocational pedagogy. In 2015 Gary has presented at ResearchED Sydney, Cambridge, New York, Glasgow and UKFEchat London. Gary is currently supporting schools as part of the Expansive Education Network and is acting as critical friend the Associate Educational Fellowship Programme in Bedford, England.)

"Universal Design for Learning in the inclusive classroom" with @neilosit

Objectives: The workshop will consist of a presentation on Universal Design for Learning. This will be followed by an examination of a best practice example of Universal Design and creative session where participants will identify UDL teacher competencies and practices. Participants will gain: | A knowledge of the Principles of Universal Design | Learn about Universal Design tools and resources | Strategies to apply UDL to any lesson or learning experience | Implementing Universal Design for Learning Best Practice examples | Producing accessible course materials

Neil O'Sullivan (Teacher and Researcher)

"Flip the System" with @honeypisquared

Global education is under threat from political strangulation, forcing teachers to become overburdened and provoking a lack of autonomy and creativity in our profession. Teachers are fragmented, disempowered and browbeaten by the media. How did we get here and what can we do about it? Building on the original collection of research, essays and vignettes by Jelmer Evers and Rene Kneyber, I\'ll outline what I\'m doing here in the UK and how you can be part of it.

Lucy Rycroft-Smith and JL Dutaut (Teacher/Writer)

"Promoting Pupil Wellbeing" with @KAB21MAC

Sharing our journey so far as a school in developing approaches to promote pupil wellbeing. It will focus on ideas and strategies towards achieving positive mental 'wealth' of pupils to create happy, successful learners.

Kerry Macfarlane (Primary teacher )





Workshops from keynote speaker Ewan McIntosh
1Visions That MatterEwan McIntosh60 minsWhole SchoolWorkshop
2Provoke or go homeEwan McIntosh60 minsWhole SchoolWorkshop
Primary School Focus
3How might role play be relevant to mathematics learning?Helen Williams120 minsPrimaryWorkshop
4Reading for pleasure is the key to progressBill Lord60 minsWhole SchoolWorkshop
5Tweaking Science pedagogyNiomi Roberts60 minsPrimaryWorkshop
6It is not just History, it is a Creative Cross Curricular Learning Journey!Claire Bracher60 minsPrimaryWorkshop
7Mantle of the Expert: using imaginative contexts for learningTim Taylor120 minsPrimaryWorkshop
8Empowering children to take ownership of their learning Rachel Curran and Rosanna Wilson60 minsPrimarySeminar
9Embedding Philosophical Enquiry Across the Primary CurriculumJenna Lucas60 minsPrimaryWorkshop
10Coding with Cards!Yasemin Allsop60 minsPrimaryWorkshop
11Fun ideas for drama in primaryKaren Dawson60 minsPrimaryWorkshop
12Stimulating Imagination using Virtual and Augmented WorldsJulian S. Wood60 minsPrimaryWorkshop
13Using technology to enhance learning in primary school.Dughall McCormick60 minsPrimaryWorkshop
14Developing mastery in Early Years MathematicsPaul Campbell120 minsPrimarySeminar
15I am a Teacher - Get me Outside!Mike Watson60 minsPrimaryWorkshop
16Sketchbook pARTicipation strategiesSophie Merrill120 minsPrimaryWorkshop
17Shakespeare in the Primary Classroom Stuart Rathe 60 minsPrimaryWorkshop
18Mucking in TogetherBryn Llewellyn60 minsPrimaryWorkshop
19The power of giving young writers a worldwide audienceSimon Blower60 minsPrimaryWorkshop
20Putting Children at the Heart of LearningCatherine Steel60 minsPrimaryWorkshop
21Dream for a living: using storytelling to explain everythingAthole McLauchlan60 minsPrimaryWorkshop
22SLT and Education working together to develop 'communication friendly' environments - What works?Sarah Johnston60 minsPrimaryWorkshop
23Storytelling the Curriculum: Finding humanity in learningEmma Bramley60 minsPrimaryWorkshop
24Exploring assessment and progression in Music education Dr. Alison Daubney60 minsPrimaryWorkshop
25The Art of Voice - Bringing Characters to LifeBen Culverhouse120 minsPrimaryWorkshop
26Creative visualizations of HistoryCherif Galal60 minsPrimaryWorkshop
27PYP in practiceTunde Szladovics60 minsPrimaryWorkshop
Arts and Humanities
28Sketchnoting for beginnersLisa Stevens60 minsWhole SchoolWorkshop
29Learning through Drama Paul Bateson60 minsWhole SchoolWorkshop
30Taking Action: Students as Global CitizensMaree Whiteley60 minsWhole SchoolWorkshop
31The powers of Geographical InformationAlan Parkinson 60 minsWhole SchoolWorkshop
32Planning reactive Geography & student led displaysMatthew Podbury60 minsSecondaryWorkshop
33Creating VR experiences in the (geography) classroomRichard Allaway60 minsSecondaryWorkshop
34Uncovering History (not covering the curriculum) - The power of archives in the classroomAndrew Payne60 minsSecondaryWorkshop
35Thinking like Hegel: Implementing a Critical Thinking Methodology in HistoryMatthew Tomlinson60 minsSecondarySeminar
36Connecting the Classroom with the "Real World": Making Politics RelevantZoe Lynes and Charlotte Roper-Brown 60 minsSecondarySeminar
37Acting Locally, Thinking Globally- World Heritage EducationJamie Davies60 minsWhole SchoolWorkshop
38Film and Difficult History: Pitfalls, Opportunities and ApproachesBen Walsh60 minsSecondaryWorkshop
39Fast, no-fuss learning ideas for historians - sans technology!Verity Aylward60 minsSecondaryWorkshop
40Activities to develop higher level thinking skills in HistorySimon Baskett60 minsSecondaryWorkshop
41I have started so I'll finish - ideas for starters and plenaries in the History-Geography classroomJonathan Taylor and Claire Allen60 minsSecondaryWorkshop
Modern Foreign Languages
42Practical Ideas to teach Grammar in MFL lessons Laura Riley60 minsSecondaryWorkshop
43Stretching gifted and talented linguists through the use of moviesAurelia McNicol60 minsSecondaryWorkshop
44Creating Authentic Contexts for Communication in a MFL ClassAmelia Sevilla60 minsWhole SchoolWorkshop
45Doing things differently- building engagement in MFLChris Fuller60 minsSecondaryWorkshop
46Comprehensible Input Techniques to Increase Fluency in the Second Language ClassroomKelly Buffington60 minsWhole SchoolWorkshop
Science and Technology
47Technology in Science lessons: when is it a useful tool for learning?Colin Cuthbert120 minsWhole SchoolWorkshop
48Causing a BOOM in science open days/clubsEmma Whitby60 minsSecondaryWorkshop
49Simple Strategies and Tricks to Get High School Students ThinkingDavid Faure60 minsSecondaryWorkshop
50Mobile phones in the science class roomHalina Stanley60 minsSecondarybasWorkshop
51EAL and ScienceGraham Smith60 minsSecondaryWorkshop
52Supporting girls in STEM careers through enterprise projectsAndrew Bernard60 minsWhole SchoolWorkshop
53Engineer Good: Engineering Solutions to Global ChallengesAnn Kaiser120 minsWhole SchoolWorkshop
54Bringing World Language to the STEM TableTracy Brady60 minsSecondaryWorkshop
55Teaching Science Like a PirateKelly Hollis60 minsWhole SchoolWorkshop
Assessment and Revision
56Unhomework: How to get the most out of homework without really setting itRussel Tarr60 minsWhole School
57Gamification for Retention and RevisionKelly Hollis60 minsWhole SchoolWorkshop
58Beyond AFL and deeper into learningSonia Cooper60 minsWhole SchoolWorkshop
59Active Revision StrategiesZoe Smeaton60 minsWhole SchoolWorkshop
60What does creativity look like in mathematics?Jim Noble and Simon Gregg60 minsWhole SchoolWorkshop
61Engaging Mathematics for everyone!Oliver Bowles60 minsWhole SchoolWorkshop
62Using the 5 practices to engineer problem based learning experiences in mathematicsSteven Gnagni60 minsWhole SchoolWorkshop
63e: A number who can teach!Kosmas Mantsis60 minsSecondaryWorkshop
SEN, EFL and Literacy
64Creating a vision friendly classroomGwyneth McCormack120 minsWhole SchoolWorkshop
65Jargon busting in the SEN WorldClaire Muir and Sarah Brown and Carol Birmingham60 minsWhole SchoolWorkshop
66Engaging and hooking reluctant learners with Poetry through songJulie Richardson60 minsWhole SchoolWorkshop
67Using your school library effectively across the curriculum Elizabeth Hutchinson60 minsWhole SchoolWorkshop
68Write with flairAlastair Crawford60 minsSecondaryWorkshop
69Literature classroom strategies to improve student engagement and performanceElizabeth Stephan60 minsSecondaryWorkshop
70Poetry unlocked: engaging activities through collaborative and creative workshops suitable to English speakers and EAL learners.Kate Wightman and Cecile Wade-Melidonian60 minsWhole SchoolWorkshop
Educational Technology
71Great #edtech for learning is...Ben Rouse60 minsWhole SchoolWorkshop
72Using Technology for Informing and Engaging a Diverse Community of StudentsJeff Feinstein60/120 minsSecondaryWorkshop
73Minecrafting the Classroom Stephen Reid120 minsWhole SchoolWorkshop
74Using Twitter to enhance your teaching - the joys of being a magpieCarol Stobbs60 minsWhole SchoolWorkshop
75Bits and Bots and GlowiesMags Amond60 minsWhole SchoolWorkshop
76Effective Use of Class OneNotes and Audio Feedback.Rosalyn Popper 60 minsWhole SchoolWorkshop
77Approaches to teaching and learning in the IB Diploma ProgrammeJenny Gillett60 minsSecondaryWorkshop
78Curriculum Imagineering !Hywel Roberts120 minsWhole SchoolWorkshop
79Learning to lead: leading for learningSimon Hinchliffe60 minsSecondarySeminar
80Becoming an Edu-preneur: Develop your career without leaving the classroomRussel Tarr and Thomas Rogers60 minsWhole SchoolSeminar
81Developing better learnersNeil Atkin 60 minsWhole SchoolWorkshop
82Strategies to improve whole school teaching and learningPete Sanderson60 minsWhole SchoolWorkshop
83Making the mundane memorableDavid Rogers60 minsWhole SchoolWorkshop
84From the island, to the jungle and back again. Driving your own CPD.Natalie Scott60 minsWhole SchoolSeminar
85Curriculum, Current Events, Controversy: Maneuvering in a Multicultural WorldMariusz Galczynski60 minsWhole SchoolWorkshop
86Do Something: Research Projects that Make a DifferenceBrian Mull and Denise Altobello120 minsSecondarySeminar
87Academic honesty: Moving forward with integrityLeila Holmyard60 minsWhole SchoolWorkshop
88Using CPD as a core lever for sustained school improvement.Liz Free60 minsWhole SchoolSeminar
89Learning is not just about the classroom and it's not just about the teacherLeah Sharp60 minsWhole SchoolWorkshop
90Active Approaches to learning across the curriculumTerry Grego60 minsWhole SchoolWorkshop
913-Dimensional Differentiation: So All Can LearnJohn McCarthy120 minsWhole SchoolWorkshop
92Evidence-based teaching - some common misconceptionsGary Jones60 minsWhole SchoolWorkshop
93Universal Design for Learning in the inclusive classroomNeil O'Sullivan 60 minsWhole SchoolWorkshop
94Flip the SystemLucy Rycroft-Smith and JL Dutaut60 minsWhole SchoolWorkshop
95Promoting Pupil Wellbeing Kerry Macfarlane60 minsWhole SchoolWorkshop
An incredibly wide ranging, thought provoking and - most importantly - useful conference. As an international teacher it was particularly useful to meet and chat with other overseas teachers face-to-face. In terms of the conference sessions, everything I attended delivered something that either I could implement in my classroom or that got me to reflect more critically on what I already do. The huge range of available sessions meant I could mix a focus on my subject area with some of the broader conceptual sessions that took place.
Scott Allsop Head of Humanities, @BSB_Humanities, Bucharest, Romania
The Practical Pedagogies conference is like no other because it brings together educators from across the globe. It offers a eclectic mix of thought provoking, practical and inspiring workshops, led by an equally varied selection of people who have effective teaching and learning slap bang in the middle of their thoughts. It has formed a vital part of my CPD, and I defy anyone to attend and not be challenged and changed.
Lisa Stevens MFL teacher with a passion for creativity and technology, Director of Lisibo Ltd, UK
The Practical Pedagogies conference stands out from the other conferences due to the unique set up of having fellow conference members providing the sessions. These sessions are relevant and provide hands-on techniques that are useful for all teachers of any age. The family-like atmosphere created by Russel allows all conference members to socialise and interact with fellow educators from around the world. The money saved on this very affordable conference can then be used on the pub crawl where the truly deep pedagogical discussions take place!
Jesse Bywater Leader for Learning, De Blijberg International Primary School, Rotterdam, The Netherlands