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This team session is the final one in Nutshells phase 1. The format has been altered to accommodate the various evidence collection and analysis that team members may have been engaged in. NB All the review tools have a slot in this agenda. Simply select the ones that team members have used.

  1. Agreeing objectives and the items to be covered (5mins)
  2. Self reflection analysis (20mins)
  3. Student voice assessment (20mins)
  4. Learning Ambles (20mins)
  5. Where next as a team and school? (15mins)

1. Session objectives. What do we want to achieve? (5 mins)

  • Share and unpick personal reflections on the ‘what and how well’ of our changing classrooms
  • Share and analyse our students’ views
  • Develop a common understanding of what is happening in our classrooms
  • Decide the strategic issues that emerge from the various reviews 

2. Reflect on your changing practice: how far have I come? (20 mins)

Share everyone’s personal findings

  • People’s analysis of changes in practice using Culture Tool 1
  • People’s analysis of deeper classroom practice. Questionnaires
  • People’s analysis of changes in practice using the Pentagon
  • People’s analysis of changes in practice using the 3 baskets

Probe

  • What was getting in the way?
  • What seemed difficult?
  • What would make it easier?
  • What made things work particularly well?
  • What made something successful?
  • Ways in which everyone’s behaviour has changed.

3. Give students a voice: how well have students taken to this way of learning? What impact has it had on them? (20 mins)

Share everyone’s personal findings

  • People’s experience of talking with students about classroom culture
  • People’s reactions to and analysis of learning conversations with students
  • People’s experience of using the student questionnaires

Explore impact on students

  • What are students saying about the culture of classrooms?
  • Are there links between what they are saying/doing and the analysis and reflections that you have just undertaken?
  • Are there any surprises?
  • What seems to be working best?

4. Learn with and from colleagues: what are the variations on the learning culture theme and what can we learn from these variations? (20 mins)

Share findings from Learning Ambles

  • What are the similarities and differences in cultural elements of classrooms?
  • Why might this be?
  • Which of the ideas we have seen would we each like to imitate and/or see more widely spread?
  • Which variations do we think should be reduced?

6 Learning together: where do we need to go next? (15 mins)

Distilling our thoughts and findings

Evaluations and reflections have focused on:

  • The extent to which our classroom cultures are learning friendly
  • The extent to which we have achieved a coherent learning culture across the school
  • The extent to which our classroom experiments have impacted on student learning behaviours

Key questions

  • What are the three most important aspects of culture shift in our classrooms?
  • What are the three most important differences in how our students are as learners ?

 

 


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