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Building a Picture of Professional Development - Karen, Yorkshire & Humber Primary Teacher

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Created on 29 June 2009 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 13 October 2010 by ncetm_administrator

Building a Picture of Professional Development

NCETM Conference 2008

Karen, Primary Teacher in Leeds

Attending the NCETM Conference this year for the first time, has given me an in-depth focus for the future of numeracy and ICT – change. We are constantly aware of updating plans, lessons, ideas and views of teaching, but conferences like this remind us of global changes and the excitement that we all share to enhance our professional development. 

We all need to share ideas and success. The workshops were of particular interest to understanding the hard work being carried out by enthusiastic teachers and researchers this year. The two workshops I attended were “The Use of ICT (spreadsheets) in KS2 and KS3” and “Using Videoconference as an Educational Medium”.

The former was an example of excellent teaching practise to bring together KS2 and KS3 teachers to collaborate, producing a project which involved the children evaluating and then making pizzas. The learning and enjoyment of both the teachers and children was evident from the onset of the presentation. The task involved analysing data about pizzas, in terms of appeal, taste, value and health, then designing and making their own pizza to enter a competition. 

The second workshop showed how videoconferencing can bring teachers and specialists together to discuss and solve advanced mathematical problems on-line. Being able to regularly ask for help from other professionals is very reassuring. Another use of videoconferencing was to provide links to other schools throughout the world, engaging in projects linked to curriculum subjects but most of all to allow children to talk, empathise and understand our world. What a fantastic opportunity that teachers cannot possibly miss!

NCETM allow teachers the opportunity to enjoy teaching, put aside planning, and look to the future.
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