If you’ve ever filmed yourself teaching, you’ll know that it can be an incredibly formative, if daunting, experience. Unlike the observer who drops in for 20 minutes and spends half of the time looking at their observation record, the camera misses nothing. When I first used IRIS, I felt myself becoming unexpectedly nervous: strangely, I found the presence of a camera more daunting than a human observer. However, having been through the process a few times now, I’m now committed to making filming a regular tool for reflecting on my practice.
Another positive outcome of our recent inset day has been a number of teachers asking me about how to find out about current pedagogical research and thinking. Here are some ideas to help you keep your finger on the pedagogical pulse.
As human beings we are bombarded with messages that shape our understanding of our environment on a daily basis. As a member of staff at Kennet School we can associate a pupil with belonging to a particular house in a split second, just by a colour. In our home life, through our exposure to media advertising, it is possible to associate a single letter from a logo to a particular brand or product. In an effort to increase sales, companies invest millions of pounds in product placement to get their new accessory to be associated with a high profile film. With Christmas around the corner, we associate Santa Claus as being a plump man with rosy cheeks and a bushy white beard. The key to all of these examples is the association. We see something and we associate it with something else. It is a natural part of human behaviour; however these associations can also shape our beliefs in either a positive or negative way.
At our inset day on 23rd October I spoke about each of us creating a professional development question to provide a framework for our thinking and development over the coming months (in one defined area at least). The rationale behind this is to try and make our CPD more effective by bringing it into the classroom and therefore closer to our daily practice.