Today saw the first ever City Academy Teachmeet for all staff. I decided to hijack a staff meeting to really put across all of the great things that are going on at school.
For the last two years I have been looking at digital innovation in teaching and learning and in that time have been able to first of all impact on my own curriculum area of Health and Expression and then further across the school. This has largely been done through bombarding staff with emails, cialis sale tweets, cialis blogs and more recently the teaching and learning newsletter.
Last term I met with our SLT in charge of T&L and asked for some time to present what I had done to the whole school, but to show real impact, get those that I had impacted on to spread what impact it has had in their lessons.
From a Deputy Curriculum Leader position I think people do not expect you to do whole school impact work but in a climate of limited movement in job positions I felt it was important to look beyond my job title and do something strategic and with high impact. My personal CPD this year has been to develop myself as a practitioner who has whole school impact from a very strategic point of view. Today was a bit of a signposting moment to highlight the progress I was making in the journey and also to continue spreading the message about digital innovation.
Now I did not expect all staff to instantly jump on board and embrace everything that was being presented but the initial feedback has been really positive and I did end the session asking for any queries to come my way so we could address staff concerns.
What I really enjoyed about the session was hearing staff talk about the things they had been introduced to but then had made them their own and grown them. This to me really highlighted the impact I had, not merely copying something I had introduced them to but to really personalise it in their lessons to meet their students needs. To be honest I felt quite proud.
When looking at CPD I always feel it is important for everyone to get something out of it, not just the audience. In this case the audience were made aware of simple things they could do in their teaching straight away, the presenters had the opportunity to share their good practice and develop themselves as leaders to the whole school and for me, I have reinforced to myself that I can definitely lead on whole school strategies, develop these and then share the vision to the whole school body. This is just the beginning of a movement to empower and develop staff confidence in their own practice and sharing it with others, as well as further developing digital innovation at the City Academy Bristol