Take a look at the article entitled ‘Relighting the fire of learning: transformation of a school’ on page 14 in the latest edition of the UKEdChat magazine written by our very own principal, Mr Benedick Ashmore-Short.
‘…as leaders in school, we have a flame to reignite, protect and fan; that is the flame of learning.’
‘Staff need to be self-reflective and own their learning. Too often staff development is something that happens to teachers. It is not based on need and is generic with staff waiting for the next buzz word to appear. We created a learning blog for all staff that is a one-stop shop for all development around teaching and learning. A blog at hamfordteachingandlearningblog.wordpress.com that staff can dip into, where they will be challenged but with ideas that fuel the learning fire.’
Further to my post ‘What would be your Genius Hour?’ on June 3, 2014, here is a website link to the UKEdChat discussion on Genius Hour. The session set out to explore the following:
- How do you currently integrate students interests in the classroom through learning experiences?
- What is the benefit of pursuing student passions, interests and talents in the classroom?
- How did you hear about the concept of Genius Hour?
- What problems do you think you might encounter while implementing Genius Hour?
- Share one thing that you have learnt about Genius Hour this evening.
Further to the excellent ideas raised during the discussion, UKEdChat also provided some very useful website links to help support the implementation of Genius Hour:
Please post any of your own ideas and experiences below.
At Hamford we are implementing P4C as one of the four pillars of our new curriculum. Most of the staff are new to using P4C, so we invested in the pocketbooks as a starting point for finding out more.
Authors: Barry Hymer, Roger Sutcliffe
Philosophy for Children (P4C) was conceived by Professor Matthew Lipman in the late 1960s. Here’s what he said about it: ‘The aim of a thinking skills program such as P4C is to help children become more thoughtful, more reflective, more considerate and more reasonable individuals. ‘
Recently, the excellent UKEdChat did a subject special on P4C, which focused on discussing:
- What does p4c look like in your classroom, and how is it timetabled?
- What are your favourite p4c activities?
- Have you ever been surprised by pupils reactions to p4c activities? Can you share examples?
- Where do you go for p4c ideas or resources and what do you use to stimulate discussion?
- Are there wider benefits to embedding P4C in a school? Any cons? Do you encourage these activities away from school?
- Finally, let’s make a usable resource. What are your best/favourite Philosophical questions to use in class with pupils?
Click here to find out what the teaching community contributed to the discussion. Furthermore, take a look at some of the following website links that members of the Hamford Team have been exploring:
Please post your comments and experiences of P4C, whether at Hamford or beyond.