Apologies that it's taken a few days, but here are the materials from Friday's session in Exeter, I hope it was a useful one for you, even though you were all desperate to head off and celebrate your success at passing! The few games in the ppt at the bottom now have advice for use in the notes section under the slides. Many of the ideas are from Sara Sullivan (in Essex) and Neil Jones (www.mfljones.wordpress.com). There is also, I think, a huge ppt of ideas floating round on TES resources area. And if you ever need any help, feel free to get in touch.
It was good to see new faces and great pleasure to see a known and well-respected face from the past yesterday at Aston University. In a slightly changed presentation from last week's version at Birmingham University I wanted to engage delegates in a discussion about the options for encouraging creativity at KS5. It turned out to be a really interesting session (even though I was being filmed by the Aston media dept, terrifying), even touching on widespread frustrations at the new GCSE's lack of target language and the fact that in some boards listening has become a severely neglected skill at post-16 level. Grr. Anyway there's nothing revoultionary in the presentation which includes mentions of great work done by Alex Blagona, Chris Harte and a few mentions of José Picardo.
On Tuesday I had great fun at a Links into Languages event at Southampton University. Whilst their year 8 pupils were off having fun in language sessions a group of dedicated teachers crammed themselves into the Links into Languages resource centre. Amidst frenzied activity we managed to finally prove that I am no techno king- I really couldn't get to grips with that darned air-con unit! But the constructive, positive attitudes of the teachers involved and the experiences that they shared made for a really enjoyable few hours. I hope the ideas I shared then are helpful to anyone reading this now!
Using a shortened version of a ppt I'd used last week in Hereford we were looking at creating a spontaneous environment, breaking free from the teacher having all-powerful control and allowing pupils to be able to express themselves creatively, free from the constraints of their being a correct answer and then to have the power to argue their point using the language they want to use. We then moved on to looking at the role ICT might play in this, using highly motivational, effective tools to allow free expression and creativity. However, these really were just some of my ideas and some provided by great practitioners such as Rachel Hawkes, Greg Horton, Chris Harte and Neil Jones- I'd love to hear yours and keep the conversation alive.
Part 1: Thinking of your learning space and the learning content