Flipping your Lesson

Posted on June 15, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Flip your Lesson

What is all this about ‘Flipped Learning’? This is a new way to teach with video from TED-Ed. Just click on the title above and have a look at how to flip your lesson. Alex

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The T Factor

Posted on May 2, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized |

I was interested to read this article which was published on the teachernetworkblog (part of the Guardian teacher network).  What makes a brilliant teacher?

“The T Factor approach to education via empathetic and emotionally intelligent interactions helps us recognise and appeal to the humanity in people; educating them from the inside out, and not the outside in.”

(taken from Adam Lopez’s blog (posted on 30 December 2011).

Click here to see the article.

Ann-Marie Skill

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The Hole in the Wall

Posted on March 6, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized |

I thought you might like to see this video about Sugata Mitra’s experiment about teaching children in rural areas of India which was also used in Gateshead and Italy. Sugata gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching. His ‘Hole in the Wall’ experiments have shown that, in the absence of supervision or formal teaching, children can teach themselves and each other, if they’re motivated by curiosity and peer interest. Sugata’s experiments were the basis for the book ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. Please click here to see his inspirational story.

Alicia Hawkes

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Getting into the zone

Posted on February 24, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized |

The Innovation Zone (iZone) is a community of innovative New York City schools committed to personalizing learning. The iZone project grabbed my attention as it challenges many of the assumptions we work to in education and therefore here at Totton College. Their starting point was to question the ‘givens’ that structure education such as the shape of the timetabled day, the need for students to be in school/College at all and to explore what technology has to offer. The key theme is absolute no-compromises-innovation.

So in izone schools digital resources supplement a teacher’s instruction. This means that students may spend 2 hours a day of what was traditional classroom teaching/learning time at a PC (but with guidance available) so the result is more blended personalised learning with careful individual tracking. Teachers have more time to plan lessons and often work collaboratively with colleagues to plan lessons to create an engaging curriculum and focus on each student’s needs. Have a look at the iZone site to see some of the practical changes that have been implemented and how these have had impact on learner engagement and success.

So this led me to wondering which seemingly ‘fixed boundaries’ we should be challenging Totton.

  • Should we be thinking about incorporating less ‘seat time’ into learning and spending more time planning learning?
  • Should we fundamentally change the College day?
  • How and where should a ‘lesson’ be delivered or should we move away from the concept of lessons and think only about ‘learning’?

The Principals managing  iZone schools are clear that the quality of the teachers is what matters (hear hear!). How could we approach our content heavy, highly prescriptive specifications differently?

We seem often, inevitably, too focused on the specification content and forget that modern technology and the flexibility and choices it brings is part of how our learners live and function and expect to work. So if we started with a blank slate… Comments please!

Alex Banks

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Welcome to Totton Learning!

Posted on February 10, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Welcome to Totton Learning, where we will share, debate and turn the spotlight on 21st Century teaching for learning.

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