Report on the West Yorkshire TeachMeet - 20th Nov 2013
6 December 2013
Range of Presentations at recent Teach Meet at Huddersfield University 20th November 2013
A Teach Meet is an informal and enjoyable gathering of those curious about teaching and learning. Anyone can share great ideas they've trialled in their classrooms, a teaching resource they love, a great website, a classroom activity - whatever you like! You can ask questions or simply turn up to soak up all the great ideas and enthusiasm. It is about being engaged and inspired by our immediate colleagues and gaining a lot of networking to boot!
About 20 people attended the Teach Meet at the school of education. Thanks to Fiona Woodhouse at Huddersfield University for supporting this event.
We were treated to 8 interesting presentations
Rio Gifford from Thornhill Academy (Yes that one!) showed us a scaling activity to secure the idea that since the big bang there has been lots of time with not very much happening. Great for promoting dialogue, and developing mathematical skills.
Alastair Gittner from Stocksbridge High School stepped in for Richard Needham showing us stop motion animations of phototropic cress seedlings, and Alastair’s own filming of a sundew leaf closing around some egg albumin. The potential for this to interest students, and lead to data analysis was explored.
Alastair also showed us how to use the film Avatar to develop a themed set of lessons with Y8, looking at a variety of scientific ideas, (rocks and ores, adaptation, magnetism to name but a few).
Geoff Auty, our friendly retired Physics teacher, showed us how to trouble-shoot those electric circuit lessons where students insist ‘it doesn't work’. A neat solution of the teacher armed with a voltmeter to test components of the circuit stops students just swapping the bits that they think are not working.
Linda Needham, an independent consultant working with science departments across the north, tuned us into the super resources found on the SAPS web site (Science and Plants for Schools) www.saps.org.uk.
We watched a video clip showing how you could see nettle leaves producing acid (and hence the sting). Then with NO GLOVES, we had a go for ourselves. Discussions included using deionized water for moistening the UI paper, (and if Litmus may work better), also how you could use the results to measure distribution of ‘stinginess’ of leaves from different parts of the plant, or growing in different conditions.
A really great pupil-grabbing ecological activity which could lead to some challenging mathematics.
Linda also showed us an idea for generic extension activities, which could be employed with any class, any time.
Linda was a bit cheeky in asking us, as a captive audience, to complete her master’s questionnaire looking into effective CPD for science teachers. If you are interested in taking part, email Linda firstname.lastname@example.org You might like to think about " Is a Teach meet effective CPD?"
David Wobacca from Spen Valley explained how their school had adopted a new feedback policy called ‘Purple for Progress’. He reported much greater engagement by pupils in that elusive ‘acting on feedback’ (DIRT time) and also how they were much more skilled at peer and self assessment.
Thanks everyone for your contributions, both as an audience and as a presenter. Special thanks to Sarah Lyndsay from Colne Valley High school who organised this event. All resources (where people have sent them) can be found here https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ij21dlj2xsdvawj/K8--WnUSQD