Thread: I am really excited about our CPD programme in our department this year - we are moving away from the generic whole school pedagogy focus and into subject specific, collaborative, curriculum focussed time. 1/n
Each member has chosen an area to develop this year from a menu that supports the implementation of ideas that we were trained on last year through @WRMathsSec Jigsaw training. 2/n
A choice is important for staff in terms of motivation; a guided choice is important so staff don't suffer from 'choice paralysis' and choose something that is already well developed in their practice or will not have a big enough impact on student achievement. 3/n
Staff have chosen to develop worked examples, task design, variation, mathematical talk, use of CPA or developing problem solving in topics they are about to teach 4/n
Tomorrow's session has a bespoke style, where staff choose to watch videos with attached tasks to complete on their chosen area, with opportunity to think about and try things out in upcoming lessons then analyze impact on student achievement. 5/n
This means that the CPD time will have a direct impact on planning and delivery in the near future and is highly practical and personalised to staff development needs.
1 group who weren't here for the training last year will be brought up to speed with bar modelling and how it can be applied across different topics that are upcoming including fractions, percentages, equations, factors and primes, ratio and scale, multiplicative reasoning 7/n
The other group will look at upcoming topics and learn about developing worked examples through guidance fading, task design, chaining, variation and concept/non-concept and develop tasks/examples for their future teaching. 8/n
We then go away, practice, deliver and analyse the impact and come together to discuss, refresh each other on what we have been doing and gain support for our next steps. Really excited! CPD as it should be. Thread end 9/9
Moving away from generic CPD into departments does not mean that your CPD is now non-generic. If subject specific CPD is delivered generically it will have different impacts on staff and students depending on what staff already know/do. Blanket CPD exists at department level too

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Doing a student voice each half term on google forms or survey monkey with your class is an excellent way to reflect on your practice on an individual and department level. Who does this?
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