Just like children, we learn from others. Therefore, it is very important that time is given for teachers to share what they do best with others. Not only does it boost confidence, but it raises standards and develops consistent high levels of teaching which supports pupil development and progress. Although getting into classrooms is the best way to view and share ideas, it is not always easy to find time during the already busy teaching week. Below are 5 alternative ways that teachers and professionals can share what they do well with others.
1) Speed dating - Staff members bring one short snappy idea that they use in their classroom. Each teacher sits facing another and they both share their idea, showing resources and explaining the impact it has on their children. Professionals rotate around until all ideas have been shared with everyone. Teachers can then vote for their favourite idea to take away and implement. by choosing specific themes, best practice can be share din focused areas that link to the School Improvement Plan.
2) Social Media Pages - One of the major barriers to sharing ideas is time. however, everyone finds time to flick through Facebook or Twitter. By creating a 'Teaching and Learning' page you can share best practice by literally putting it in their hands. Teachers will stumble upon new ideas that your social media page shares. These ideas can come from observed ideas from lessons or from external sources. As the page grows, you may find that teachers are willing to share their own ideas on the page when something has gone well in class.
3) 3 Minute Presentations - Before staff meetings take place allow an opportunity for a member of staff to share one strategy that works in their classroom. Their challenge is to explain and share within 3 minutes. This can occur at the beginning of the week, so that staff can be encouraged to give the idea a go in their own classrooms.
4) Ideas That Stick - A simple way to share ideas is by creating a teaching and learning display in the classroom. Teachers can stick an idea on a sticky note and post it onto the board. The board can have a variety of categories which help teachers navigate around the display to find fresh new ideas that are relevant to them.
5) The Market Place - Teachers can bring an idea that they use in the classroom and set up a small market stall displaying their best practice. Teachers can move around and talk to teachers about their ideas and the impact they have had on their children. This is a great event to invite other local schools to so that teachers gain new teaching strategies from outside their school.
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