Solihull College

21st Century Pedagogy

  • Breath-taking.
  • The session encouraged us to think about how learners themselves can be more proactive.
  • Refreshing.
  • Time well spent to reflect, share, questions, engage rather than react.
  • Enlightening.
  • It helped me to know how important aims and objectives are.
  • A challenging climb to a rewarding view.
  • A re-evaluation of what I want from my learners – in what ways do I want them to develop?
  • Excellent session. Tony has incredible insight and exciting, fresh ideas.
  • Refreshing to be challenged during staff development.
  • (I need) more focus on how learners move to aspirational goals through specific and aspirational lesson planning.
  • (We need) trust from upper management that we as a team want to develop – not so much ‘one size fits all’.
  • The session was very informative and thought provoking. All aspects were relevant and I look forward to the other 2 sessions.
  • Someone turning the light back on.
  • Inspiring and motivational.
  • Found the expert learning traits particularly useful.
  • I find writing learning outcomes difficult. This did help, and also helped to identify the difference between skill and attitude.
  • More confident to take risks and stretch and challenge learners more often.

Formula for Happiness & Creating unmissable learning experiences

  • Very busy day. Hugely inspiring. Thinking of ideas without boundaries has enabled me to develop new strategies.
  • Blinding.
  • The moment the ship starts to slip down the launch slipway.
  • Andragogy. Re-designing and refreshing learning space.
  • The observation process was at first daunting as an observer, but then it really clicked.
  • Being given permission to try something you were dreaming of.
  • I would like to experiment with learners being involved in the planning of the course
  • Really interesting and engaging experience. Thank you so much.
  • Less is more.
  • How peer observations throughout the year can also keep you as a teacher curious to learn and develop your delivery by seeing other colleagues’ sessions. Having the opportunity and time to experiment without restrictions.
  • Lots of ideas of how we can change and make learning more accessible to all learners. Build in strategies to be more independent and reflective to achieve higher.
  • Enjoyable, engaging, empowering, enlightening, evaluative, constructive. Unchained Melody.
  • I’ve really enjoyed today, even though I was anxious the night before about peer obs. (Can be harder to be observed by those who know you than strangers.)
  • Felt stretched/challenged – delighted that learners were in the zone. Big impact on Adam.
  • Exciting, inspiring. I really like the creative ideas that you spoke about in delivering a lesson. I found this really inspiring.
  • Insightful. Less talking – allow students to steer their learning. Students being involved more in the planning.
  • Consider business unit [of the qualification] and Blendspace – independent learning.
  • Breath of fresh air. This is what we’ve wanted/needed. How we can change our teaching to benefit student development and learning good practice from our peers. Thank you for coming.
  • An unshackling – we are free again to create. A reminder of the drive to create and reinvent. ‘New’ is exciting and possible. Excellent – truly inspiring.
  • Positive constructive process. [I need to] take more positive risks.
  • [I need to experiment with] levels of support built into resources to help scaffold all learners to higher level skills.
  • Be creative in planning for new academic year.
  • Mind opening/expanding/interesting.

Independent Learning

  • Really great session and fantastically delivered. It’s good people like this that challenge and question the established way of things.
  • Inspiring. Curious to learn more.
  • You brought back memories of how I felt when I first began to teach.
  • Eye-opening.
  • Upwards!
  • I’ve had another Gestalt moment!
  • Motivating
  • Enlightenment.
  • Insightful.
  • There were some excellent points illustrated with some indications of solutions.
  • Inspired.
  • Questioning traditional lesson planning. Lightbulb on.
  • Really good to come out of a training session and feel a different perspective in how to teach. Thank you!
  • An awakening to new realities.
  • Awesome.
  • Inspiring and exciting to try new approach.
  • It’s really made me think about how to inspire students. I’m already questioning how to use Moodle to ‘ferment’. It is scary to think that this is a complete change to my usual practice, but exciting to try it. Def one of the best training sessions to date.
  • Zoom! This will help me to deal with learners who don’t have the ‘fertile ground’.
  • Have made copious notes for use in schemes of work.
  • Far more thought provoking than usual sessions on ‘training’.
  • I was a reluctant hill walker at the start – weighed down with baggage. I’m now inspired and heading in the right direction.
  • I like that you are verbalising the thoughts that almost all learners have the inherent ability to achieve. I hope I can continue to use that in my teaching.
  • Sparrow to peacock.
  • Such an interesting topic and an ‘obvious’ fix – why isn’t it happening more already?!
  • It helped me enormously. A truly inspiring session!
  • Liberating.
  • Independent learning is what makes a life of independence possible.
  • Brilliant. Tony is a true scholar with an amazing ability to enthuse and encourage great discussions.
  • Being in a nightclub and the lights come on too soon. More dancing to be done.
  • Made reflection of teaching practice a crucial focus.
  • Changed my perception of the importance of these skills and how to develop them.
  • Radical.
  • Some genuinely fantastic ideas and I hope to see some of them in practice.
  • Vision of Utopia through the prison bars, but the key in on the floor… But am I too scared to use it?
  • Opening the blinds to sunshine when clouds were forcast.
  • Sunrise – the start of something new!
  • Excellent session. Great delivery (pace/structure). Very impressive.
  • Out with the old, in with the new! It’s time for a sea-change in FE teaching. “Viva la revolution!”
  • A start, but perhaps a bit daunting.
  • Back packing on a journey where you’re unsure of the destination, but results in one of the most memorable experiences to date.
  • Brilliant session. Even the teaching technique used helped me for future lessons I will deliver.
  • I need to adjust my strategy for delivery of subject material to make learners curious.
  • Challenging, inspirational and a much needed breath of fresh air.
  • Some good ideas needing back up from SMT.
  • Spacebound.
  • Interstellar.
  • You have given me tools to change my practice.

Perfect Induction Practice

  • A journey along a new road.
  • (I need to) think in a long-term way, developing strategies to establish expectations, motivation and higher skill sets.
  • Happy, excited to change.
  • A fresh breeze let through a stuffy house. Really refreshing.
  • Jaded to Jazzed.
  • Focus on exciting them about the things they normally hate.
  • Informative and experiential.
  • I will endeavour to implement changes across the whole faculty of art and work out ways of continuing this through the year.
  • (I need to) get our learners to become enthusiastic, confident, happy, sociable, independent, to create a fearless learning community (so that they) look forward to new and further challenges.
  • Eye-opening.
  • I feel empowered to take control of induction.
  • Tony was extremely professional and inspiring.
  • (I need to) make it more inspiring from the take off, and maintain momentum.
  • (We need a) different approach – what do the learners want, not what do we want!
  • Think big. Reinforces what induction should be about.

Supercharged Evaluation Skills

  • Super-charged journey today!
  • I wish all schools could have you in to give them training.
  • Dynamic.
  • First class.
  • The concept of ‘colour writing’, and highlighting this technique to learners, will help them to think critically.
  • Very well resourced and enjoyable session.
  • Given me ideas about how to develop learners’ higher-order (thinking) skills.
  • Out of this world!
  • Eye opening.
  • Tree, branching into new ideas.
  • Learnt how to get students to be evaluative and how to do it.
  • His evaluative vocabulary sheet was particularly useful.
  • Some excellent ideas for developing students’ descriptive skills for written work.
  • A tool-box of vocabulary and effective scaffolding techniques to improve students.
  • Inspired me to stretch my learners.
  • This has encouraged me to focus on developing students’ evaluative skills.
  • (I need to) have high expectations of individual learners in what they can achieve.
  • Utopia. Achievable.
  • Use of language – teach them how. This is the missing link in my teaching. Fantastic.
  • Incredibly beneficial, a much better use of time compared to the usual development sessions.
  • This was really helpful in how to structure and build support to enable all learners to achieve critical thinking skills. I will definitely embed this into induction.
  • These sessions have been amazing and the team have lots of ideas.
  • Fabulous. I really enjoyed the Adverbage game.
  • The use of colour to identify terminology, judgement, opinions and impact will be a very interesting way of targeting the improvement of students’ evaluation and analytical skills.
  • Very enjoyable and informative.
  • I’m going to change my handouts and start scaffolding learning.
  • Zeus’ thunderbolt.
  • Gave me different parameters to engage with tasks.

Tricked out tutorials

  • Informative – Thought provoking.
  • I will visit the website and proceed to download!
  • Will take away new ideas.
  • The day helped to widen my thoughts on many ways to improve.
  • Tony Davis is very expert at drawing out answers and it was a pleasure to enter into the conversations.
  • Provoked an alternative thought process and approach to learner interaction.
  • Exciting – the use of a Quality Standard to lead my tutorial and review process.
  • Insightful. I want to put these new skills into practice.
  • Our review paperwork is clearly not fit for purpose.

Transformational Lesson Observation

  • Eye-opening/inspiring.
  • I have become more aware of how to measure the impact of learning and critically reflecting on my own practice.
  • Things I would do differently: allow students to be more involved and take ownership of learning situations as well as ensure I use measures to consider what learning has taken place.
  • Rollercoaster.
  • We identified what an outstanding lesson looks like.
  • I feel confident to let the tutor lead the feedback and not feel like I need to do all the talking.
  • The video observations were extremely useful.
  • (I need to) focus on the impact of the (teaching) strategies – rather than what the tutor did.
  • (I need to) be more empathetic when observing others.
  • Good to see things from an observer’s point of view. Also, very good to introduce a change in the way observations are done and perceived.
  • Self reflection is key.
  • Enlightening.
  • I fee peer observations could be a very positive experience.
  • Mind expanding.
  • Inspired reflection.
  • Feel confident to discuss the observed session more openly and positively and change the way in which questions are asked to allow a more positive outcome.
  • It was interesting to sit on the other side of the lesson observation form, to consider what was successful and why.
  • Forensic without judgements.
  • Hopefully this could be implemented as part of the overall college observation process.
  • (I need to) review and reflect more on how I can make improvement to my own practice and share skills, ideas, concerns.
  • Thank you for recognising that one size fits all approach doesn’t suit all.
  • Educational.
  • Other side of the fence!
  • Someone turning the light back on.
  • The day has been constructive and something to build on.
  • Incredibly beneficial, and has given me a greater understanding of the observation process.
  • Very positive and eye-opening. Inspired to revamp sessions and discussions around this. All areas of the institution need to agree to this strategy.
  • I feel positive and more confident to evaluate observations.

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