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This morning, Sunday 9th January, 2011, and in the professional development workshop, there was a good discussion about “plenary sessions“.
The main objectives of the workshop were to identify the key features of effective plenary sessions and to suggest some ideas for plenary activities.
It all started by eliciting the types of plenary the teachers used for the last four lessons and why they have chosen to use these types of plenary.
There was an agreement that when planning, a teacher should make sure that it:
During the plenary session, the teacher should:
After the plenary, the teacher has to:
It is important to mention here that effective plenary sessions should:
The audience watched three clips exemplifying different ideas for plenary sessions by three teachers from our school and conducted a discussion about their effectiveness and how to develop these ideas for future lessons.
Finally, teachers were advised to share their ideas for plenary sessions.
You can download today’s presentation on plenary sessions here.
On Sunday the second of January 2011, I conducted a workshop on the Undesirable Practices in the Classroom. The following is a summary of the workshop objectives and points discussed during the workshop.
Phases of Instruction
Planning Phase (The lesson plan)
Some teachers don’t:
Orientation (Starter) is seldom related to objectives.
It could be boring with no aim at all.
Orientation (Starter) in this case doesn’t:
Instructional phase (Presentation)
Presentation (Main Body) is sometimes boring, vague, irrelevant and frustrating. This is due to:
Practice phase (Formative assessment)
Practice sometimes becomes useless or less effective when it is not
Practice sometimes becomes useless or less effective when it does not
Assessment phase (Summative – Plenary)
Summative assessment is often ignored because:
Finally I asked the teachers to think of ways to avoid these negative and undesirable practices in the classroom.
You can download this presentation here.
On Sunday dated 26 December, I conducted a workshop on professional portfolios and how a teacher can prepare his professional portfolio against the national professional standards so as to be able to get the full professional licence. After discussing the five folders needed for the portfolio and the contents of each folder, I presented the updated version of my portfolio. The presentation was successful and valuable as I talked explicitly about each folder and its contents. Most teachers needed to have a look at one of the examples of completed portfolios.
Now staff are familiar with the contents of the five sections (folders) of a portfolio. This is going to be consolidated by displaying more examples of portfolios from other colleagues in different school departments. To help teachers prepare their portfolios, I have uploaded the five folders template (NPST Portfolio). You can simply download it and use it to prepare your own portfolio. Besides, a blank PowerPoint template is going to be delivered so that teachers can use it to prepare their own portfolios (presentations) which they can use to present their portfolios when being attested.
And you can also download a copy of the updated version of my portfolio here.
On Sunday 12 December, 2010, Mr Tamer, the ICT Coordinator succeeded in presenting the different stages of attestation; starting with getting the provisional licence and ending up with the full licence. He also discussed the importance of choosing a coach to help and support the teacher in preparing his professional portfolio. There was a good discussion about the qualities of a good coach. Now staff are familiar with the process of getting the full licence. Mr. Tamer clarified the different stages one should go through to get the full licence. This workshop will be followed by occasional visits by Mr. Tamer to school departments; clarifying and giving help and guidance when needed.
You can download the presentation used here.