“In the economy of ideas that theweb is creating, you are what youshare, who you are linked to, who you network with...”Charles Leadbeater - ‘We Think’
Two (hundred) heads arebetter than one...Tony CassidyJohn SayersAlan Parkinson
The Geographical Teacher Douglas FreshfieldVolume 1 Issue 1 Page 1 (1901)‘In Britain, teachers are for the most part tooscattered and too busy to come togetherfrequently for discussion. They require amedium through which they may readilycommunicate with one another, exchangeexperiences and learn the progress that isbeing made in method or in appliances in ourown country and abroad’
Collaboration...To work jointly with others or together,especially in an intellectual endeavourTo cooperate with an agency with which oneis not immediately connectedSynonyms: band together, cooperate,concur, conjoin, conspire, team up, unite...
Who with ?Teacher & teacher (same school /different school)Teacher & pupils (same school /different school)Pupil & pupil (same school /different school)
Teacher Talk - DylanWiliamAfL - corrupted and systematisedTeacher Learning Communities(Community of Practice)Monthly short sessions with 8-10teachers to start to changehabitsGroup goals and individualaccountability
Where to go to findcollaborators ?1999: SLN Geography Forum - Durbin & Russell2007: NINGS for student / teacher support2006: 1st ‘Teachmeet’ @ the Jolly Judge pub2008: TWITTER (I joined on the 27th April thatyear)1893: Geographical Association...Annual Conference
Ideas given away ?“Why would I want to give away my best ideas ?”GeographyPages - had a colleague who said anassessment I’d created had been written by herformer Head of Department... a problem ? ‘There is no delight in owning anything unshared’ - Seneca
League TablesData Dashboard‘Competitors’ ?‘Competitors’ ?‘Competitors’ ?
A normal Sunday night…. Why did I leave writing this scheme of work until the last minute? I’m not sure what case study to use… Why did I leave writing this scheme of work until the last minute? How do I get my students to understand this concept? Why I did leave writing this scheme of work until the last minute?
What if… I’m not sure what approach to Have you tried why did Mr use… and Mrs Endo die?
Someone will have already done it… But say thanks….
Someone will have already done it… They opened a restaurant in South Wales… They escaped and unfortunately moved to Montserrat... They joined Mauro the shoe shiner… They relocated to the Caatinga only to be forced to leave…
In-house• Practice Baps• CITAL meets• Teaching and Learning Newsletter• Special Interest Groups• Professional Development Library• Good practice archive
A critical friend Work with @Liz_Smith – Twitter interviews and Year 8 comparing their local area.
Yourtribe Geography flash meets- not one in a two years, time to resurrect ? http://bit.ly/13ROifC
• Schemes of learning and collaborative writing• Presentations• Questionnaires and data collection• Collaborative work with students• Sourcing ideas https://drive.google.com/ Collaborating further…
“Educational research can never lead practice—great teaching is produced by teacher creativity—but what the research can do is to identify some avenues as more fruitful than others, and also make sense of the practice of effective teachers, in particular by identifying which aspects of practice are likely to be essential to success, and which are idiosyncrasies of individual teachers.”Prof. Dylan Wiliam Prof. Dylan Wiliam