Friday, 19 June 2015

Why I'm a proud magpie

"When ideas are shared, the result is always greater than the sum of the parts" Rich Willis

I have never set myself up as an original ideas person, I'm a magpie and proud of it. One of the great joys of my role as Teacher Tutor is chatting to the new staff and the students who come through our doors. Their 'homework' for our meetings is to bring an idea to share. I love hearing about pedagogical gems and observing others to inspire me in my teaching. 

I am also somewhat addicted to reading educational books to glean inspiration from them. My shelf in school is laden with books I have read and covered with highlighter and post-its as well as more I intend to read this summer. I lose myself for hours on Pinterest checking out ideas for my teaching, I have to set myself a time limit on the TES resources site and I am pretty active on the MFL resources forum. And as for Twitter... 

I cannot begin to describe the impact that Twitter has had on my development as a teacher. Firstly, it is one big, supportive staff room with loads of ideas, humour and support. It has also introduced me to the #mfltwitterati and to the #niedchat guys. Tweets on there have taken me over to Southampton, Newcastle, London and York, amongst others, mainly at my own expense, to share CPD with other like-minded teachers. And the ideas I have learned about have filled me with passion for my subject and for learning in general. The friendships I have made with other #mfltwitterati teachers are a constant source of support and a sense of "we're all in this together" We bounce ideas off each other, we tease each other, we get a buzz out of sharing with each other. 

Similar tweets led to the birth of Teachmeet Belfast, #niedchat and now #niedcamp. It is awe-inspiring to collaborate with fellow educators for the love of teaching and learning. And I love that it is happening in Northern Ireland. There is such a buzz starting about sharing ideas and getting to know other teachers. There is a sense of community. The word is spreading. 

It is a source of immense pride and joy to me that after 19 years of teaching, I am still enthused by the learning in my classroom and how best to teach and reach all pupils. I love it. It is therefore with pleasure that I am working with the #niedcamp team to help teachers share with teachers, educators inspire educators. 

Are you with us? 
http://www.niedcamp.org



1 comment:

thelanglord said...

Hey,
I've been reading your blog and I think the content you post is brilliant.
I'm a language enthusiast myself and along with some friends we've started a language app - VocApp. It is a flashcard mobile and website app that provides a number of innovative features, such as creating flashcards from a photo, creating flashcards with your voice, creating flashcards from a text (in just a few seconds you can make a set of words from your favourite song, e.g. http://vocapp.com/wish-you-were-here-pink-floyd-testo-tradotto-flashcards-186864).
I imagine that you must be very busy but if you were interested in testing our app (and possibly writing a short review of it if you want) I could grant you access to our language courses and paid options of our app, so that you can explore it thoroughly.
Keep up the great work! I'll be looking forward to hearing from you.
All the best,
Camille
camille@vocapp.com