Tick as many or few people as you were interested in and see if they are interested too.
But don’t despair – if you mark everyone as a ‘No’ you can attend another event for free.
All the resources are ready-made on the [email protected] Toolkit website – even music is suggested to help motivate – and so, before half-term we started to advertise the session.
We asked all teachers to ‘think of an idea they use in the classroom’ which they could share with other teachers (in just 30 seconds)!
As a group of Lead Practitioners at St James School in Exeter, we were asked to lead professional development sessions for the whole teaching body! I could already feel my heart pounding with the nerves …) As anyone would, when looking for fresh ideas for the classroom, I turned to the internet and one of my favourite blogs soon came up trumps – [email protected] Toolkit!
The idea of speed-dating isn’t new for language teachers – often used to prepare students for speaking exams – and using this idea to lead a whole-staff training session after a long day at school, seemed a brilliant opportunity!
Staff love it – and the outcome is great classroom ideas – ‘voted in’ by staff – for your school to roll-out and adapt.
Most research on how animals select their mates has focused on indicators of quality, assuming that all individuals agree what constitutes an attractive partner, with little attention paid to the reasons why individual preferences may vary.
For the past 18 months, I’ve been championing ‘speed-dating‘ as an alternative mechanism for staff professional development sessions.
It’s not a silver bullet, nor is it a gimmick, but as an idea for bringing staff together to talk about teaching, it works!
One idea is that individuals choose partners whose genes are compatible with their own.
Alternatively, they may pick a mate whose behaviour is a good fit.