This was the week for my annual review. Way back, when I had more hair, I used to anticipate the meeting. What if my own view of my work was poorer than my PTs view? What about the (now annual) question about why I am not going for a PT post? Why not interested in guidance as a career? So many questions, so many discussions.
Then there is that bit when I have to hand in my CPD hours. My “time sheet” for professional development. Did I make the magic 35 hours?
The answer to that is “yes!” Indeed, I think I made it to 35 hours by about end of October.
Accurate and easy hours can be calculated by adding up the hours for each CPD event one attends. Probably add one hour for prep time per course and then grab a calculator (metaphorically, before you think I am that bad at my sums!)
The problem with attending courses comes with time. When I first started, I went to the courses. The one on parents’ evenings, the one on marking higher, the one on teacher AH, the one on Blooms’ Taxonomy, the one on Emotional Intelligence. You get the picture.
Five years down the line, I struggled to find the courses I had not been to. I got sent to a nice posh one in a posh hotel (£450 the council will never see again) and the following year I went to the same hotel and it was ICT and a free pen drive (£450 – a 1Gb pen drive = £449.50 +/-) which I did leave with my now former employers before I start a crisis in perks of the job. These course only gave me one hour CPD each, though, as they only ran during school days and finished at 5pm.
How do we actually make up these hours? A (literally) three minute chat at the kettle about dyscalculia gave me a glorious three hours getting my brain under the bonnet of the condition. Also, in between waxing my bald patches, I have run a few CPD sessions (Higher Order Thinking, ICT, L+T) at school and region. These don’t fire up my brain as much. If I spent the rest of my career iterating my current knowledge base to a finely honed point, I would be both bored and frustrated by the end of year, never mind the end of my career.
My excitement, my fired up brain and my (mostly) content teaching is largely thanks to Pedagoo. At today’s PedagooAdmin meeting, we all agreed many of you read pedagoo posts but don’t comment. That is not a problem, if all 1650 of us talked at once, it would be very noisy in this joint. People are welcome to talk if they want, they are welcome to listen. But we ALL learn.
I could mention literacy in the form of the One Minute Writing, I could mention how my active learning was shaped by a post I had read about an Egyptian project. I could say how my twitter post was expanded thanks to feedback from readers across the UK and it even had a part in giving Gareth a chance to run his on feeds from his school in his region. I saw even pleased to see a HOTs resource on Blooms’ Taxonomy reach across to Australia and down to London. It is the feedback that comes with the posts that I found helped me focus my future thinking and helped my evaluation process.
All in all, I counted a little over twenty hours learning through Pedagoo and that is excluding my PedagooAdmin work. I didn’t put a total down in the column, I didn’t need to. The figures, as they say, spoke for themselves.
Pedagoo is an organisation by teachers and for teachers. It costs the taxpayers nothing and it gives the tax payers lots. I even paid for my own coffee today, there was not so much as a free pen drive! We will only move forward as a body of teachers if we work together and share ideas. We must be prepared to reflect on what works and what doesn’t. We can make mistakes if we reflect and learn! We have to share ideas or we will take longer to improve.
If you made use of pedagoo either directly or otherwise please retweet this post, even reply (or by commenting below) with an idea of how it has played a part in your CPD?