What shall we do next year?

What a year.

The domain pedagoo.org was purchased on the 21st May last year. Prior to then the word didn’t even exist, never mind the amazing community which has developed since. Whilst it has at times been daunting, the support and involvement of so many fantastic people has really been amazing. We appear to have tapped into something here which we need to continue and grow.

Firstly though, a few thank yous. Thank you to the amazing PedagooAdmin team who give up their own precious time to make Pedagooey things happen. Thank you to Kirsty’s other half Paul, who kindly hosts the site [I don’t think it’s quite what he expected when he agreed!]. Thank you to all the folk who aren’t teachers who have provided tremendous support, advice and PR, much of which has been behind the scenes – you know who you are! But mostly, thank you to everyone who has read and contributed to the site or interacted through our twitter and facebook pages. It’s great to know that people find it useful and use the ideas and thoughts they see in their own classrooms – that’s what it’s all about.

So, where do we go next? What should we be doing in the future? How can we build on what’s been successful about Pedagoo so far? Are there other things we should be doing? We really want to know what you think.

I tweeted the following last night…

Which led to the following replies so far…

But what do you think?

3 thoughts on “What shall we do next year?

  1. Julia Skinner (@theheadsoffice)

    Hi! This Julia from 100 Word Challenge. HUGE congratulations on your win. I was so delighted to be your runner up and hopefully we can do some collaborating next year. We need some teachers from Scotland joining the weekly creative writing challenge that is making such a difference to children’s work and confidence! Do get in touch and congrats again!

  2. Neil

    I think one of the great strengths of Pedagoo is the willingness to share. I think we need to be more proactive in this respect. Highlight good practice, and where possible support it with resources for other teachers.

    I also think the pedagogical discussions and thought-pieces are an essential part of what we are. In my own case, I am all for change. I look at my 6 year old son and I want his experience of education to be so much more engaging and relevant than my own experiences were. I genuinely believe that the Scottish Curriculum has the potential to offer that to him… but it requires more change, more challenging of the status quo, more enthusiasm rather than cynicism…

    I think if we are to be as useful as we would like to be, we need to think about ways of spreading the word. #pedagoofriday is a great start and has been invaluable in raising awareness, the next step is to see more awareness and value attached to Pedagoo on the national stage. We are here because we are passionate and we care, it’s time that others who feel the same knew about us so they can become more involved.

  3. john sexton

    mmmm after a few incorrect spellings (peedagoo!!!!!) I now use pedagoo as a fantastic source of inspiration. #pedagoofriday is immense and a great way to share what is happening in the classroom. AS we are all well aware the classroom can be a lonely place for teachers. We very rarely now get the chance to be actively involved in other teachers’ practice (or is that practise!) so anything that pedagoo can do to involve sharing practice would be great. Keep up the great work everyone. Who knows what may evolve next year but I for one look forward to the coming year with relish. I may not always agree with posts/comments etc but therein lies one of pedagoo’s great strengths. It is an open forum which gives us all a voice.

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