[pullquote](@CanonsOPP) – 12/07/2012 20:56
If ever we need to remember that we are about lifelong learning it’s about how we train the next generation of ourselves.[/pullquote] This tweet was made towards the end of the hour but I think sums up well why the debate and chat was so fast moving and passionate. Primary, Secondary, FE, HE, ITTs, GTPs, NQTs, PGCEs were all represented during the course of the evening.
There seemed to be a large group in favour of the proposals to have schools take more of lead role in ITT. As expected there was also vociferous opposition. Some of the key tweets that highlighted this aspect of the debate are given below:
(@ICTwitz) 12/07/2012 20:02
No. Teachers and leaders don’t have the means or time. Partnerships required with Universities, IMHO
(@mrdebarton) 12/07/2012 20:29
Gove vision for school led ITE is correct. Far more effective than Uni led ITE. GTP has the classroom rigour some PGCE lacks
The debate then moved on to the role that teachers play as mentors to trainees. This part of the discussion brought up some of the most interesting comments about the importance of good professional relationships between schools, mentors and trainees. Some of the tweets highlighted how poor some mentors can be and the effect this can have on staff joining the profession.
There was a fierce sub-debate about the value/or not of grading trainees using OFSTED criteria. It was certainly not going to be solved in the hour and there were strong arguments on both sides.
The session ended with a plea from NQTs and new trainees for practical tips that can help them develop. I was pleased that many contributors heeded this call and were able to offer the following:
ensure your pgce students see other subjects and get to follow a pupil for a day
(@LeighAlmey) 12/07/2012 20:57
Explicit guidance on how to observe lessons – let the student give feedback to their mentor
(@DidgeH) 12/07/2012 20:58
Trainees – watch as much teaching as you can and store up the best of what you see so that you can use it in your own way
There were still many unanswered questions. All participants argued that both theory and hands on experience were a vital part of training. Many think the new measures will be beneficial as trainees will get more time in schools. Others worry that this will mean less time to reflect and that theory will be marginalised. We’ll have to wait and see!
Final Thoughts/Top Tweet
There were so many great contributions it is hard to pick one but this one felt rather pertinent
ABOUT YOUR HOST:
Neil McKain is Head of RS and Philosophy at John Hampden Grammar School in High Wycombe. He is a twitter convert and is inspired by how technology and social media can enhance learning and continuing professional development. He leads on a school wide initiative called The Learning Challenge which aims to help students become better, and more independent, learners.
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