The Saturday line-up of the festival promised a fantastic day and it did not disappoint.
Early morning at the Festival
Amongst the earliest pedagogical birds, I was lucky enough to see John Tomsett in the first slot talking about the great value of using videos of our own lessons to tweak practice “at the margins”: bad teacher habits; things to improve, and negative behaviours that we just do not notice until confronted with the hard visual/audio evidence. The session was enriched by showing some of his own less than perfect lessons (and any of us who think we teach perfect lessons are either abnormal or self-deluded). The concept of “deliberate practice” – which is the idea that we should focus in on an area for improvement and consciously enact improved practice until we embed it in our teaching habits – is one that is an incredibly common-sense path to improvement. His assertion that improving teaching and learning is “all about culture” resonates, and he made much of the idea that a Senior Leadership Team had to lead by example, showing themselves to also be willing to learn and seek to improve.