We watched teamwork clips and TED Talks to prompt further discussion about what it means to flourish in a team and to contribute to the improvement of every student's learning.
From their discussions on our visioning day, a group of the StuPeds also developed their Top 5 ingredients for a great lesson.
StuPed Team Visions for 2014-2015
As Learning Detectives in the Student Pedagogy Team, we would like to improve our learning as possible within this year by going out and talking to students about what works for them and how they learn best. Our main goal is to see what students want by sending out surveys and questionnaires. This should tell us, and the other StuPed groups, what the students want so we are able to offer ideas to the teaching community at the school. Our second goal, yet still as important, is to make sure that teacher-student relationships are great. What we mean by this is that students are comfortable to tell the teacher most things yet still do work which gives them that extra subtle layer of comfort, which should improve their education. This will improve their education because it allows them to have fun in lessons without thinking that lessons are tedious and are long. This is our vision for the future of education in our area.
- Adam Olath
On Wednesday 4th February 2015, a group of our StuPed team presented a presentation to two groups of teachers in a CPD event expressing what we do as a team and the different elements of our roles. We also described what we think makes up a great lesson and what we understand the eight elements of a great lesson to be for us.
This experience was enjoyed by all that took part and were more than happy to re-present to two members of another school in England.
This experience helped build our confidence and helped the StuPed Team share our visions and what we would like to achieve along side the teaching staff. Hopefully this will make the aims of the StuPeds more well known and open new opportunities for us to help around the school and create new ideas and build upon them.
- Kirsty Shilling
On Wednesday 21st January eight students from the E-Hub developers and I-Learners attended the BETT conference in London, shortly after this we attended a digital leader’s workshop in the Ramada hotel conference room. We met with a lady called Iggy Rhodes – who lead the workshop – and a school from Brighton, as well as their teachers.
We spoke about different digital schemes that we could install into our routines and how we could share our knowledge of various technologies. Some of our ideas on how we could branch out from our respective locations were; supporting the elderly, having sessions with primary school students and staff, having skype sessions with other schools, and not only those in the UK. We think these are good ideas because not only are we supporting yesterday’s generation but tomorrow’s one too.
As a group we then discussed how we could train a selection of digital leaders and what skills they would they need to have or to learn/practice. We said that there should be different workshops and events were lots of people could go so you can get to know new people and learn from each other. We also thought that there should be smaller sessions per school or group so that there is a more focused process that allows for a determined and positive experience. In relation to the skills that they should or would need to have we all agreed that; management and leadership, confidence and determination, compatibility and adaption, creativity and motivation, optimism and patience, communication and teamwork and a positive attitude were all necessary for the success of this new scheme.
As a final discussion we looked at how we could share our knowledge of the digital world with others, some of our strategies were; mixed age groups, a variety of events involving forums, lectures and workshops, peer teaching, initial or advanced training for different audiences or social media sites, twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or Edmodo- the educational Facebook, these would allow us to reach people from outside the UK.
We also came to an agreement that digital leaders should always coach and not teach, this allows us to demonstrate an idea or thought and gives others the freedom to run with it and make it their own.
The power point we created at the event with even more of our ideas on is available here;
- Laura Jephcott
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