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It's remarkable what you can "achieve" with the Internet. You can message hundreds of people, embarrass them in front of the world, and then ultimately find yourself in the same situation.
But is it policed enough? Are social networking websites something to be applauded? We are the first generation asking real questions of e-safety, with more and more younger children entering the facebook world, being affected by it.
This is an issue. Facebook, and sites like it are open for issues. Even with my account now gone, there is still the question of what fingerprints are left.
Perhaps this is alarmist. Perhaps I'm being too easily swayed by the days events. But one things for sure. For now, at least until the training is done, my facebook days are over.
It should be said that the tutors do seem to have a good idea about placements; because this is exactly what I was looking for. It’s a challenge, and it seems to be a good school with a strong ethos.
The fact that the school runs the opening minds curriculum is also of interest to me. I hope to be able to teach some maths at that level, and see how it will affect the way I teach the subject. I have a definite idea in my mind about what to do in that regard, I will be interested to see if that changes.
The school is also very responsive. I have for my own development asked to work with lower ability groups, and they have very quickly placed me with such a group. They have a great encouragement that we focus on our own development, which I think is an excellent complement to the school in its form.
I am looking forward to the coming weeks, and hope that I can give to the school as much as I hope to get out of it.
APP strikes me as being a way of "grouping" students in a positive manner. To give a framework where teachers can easily follow pupil’s progress and therefore tailor the learning experience to maximise the pupil’s progress.
There is an emphasis on collecting evidence within the framework. The examples that are given within “Getting to grips with APP” include, interestingly enough, collecting notes on what pupils say in class. This has its uses, but I think if something relevant comes up in discussion, reaction on it should be immediate, not waiting for it to be reviewed.
The use also in being able to identify similarities within the progress of a class or even a year can also help to identify gaps in the SOW. This, for me, is a very useful, and powerful form of self-assessment for the teacher. There is also advantage in how much more formative the assessment is, removing the excess and focusing on development.
But as with all good ideas there appear to be problems. Lack of support for teachers who aren’t used to it. Implementing it on top of current methods, causing confusion. Using it as a form of whole school monitoring, which it is not designed for.
New documents released by the government have given clarity to this, but there is a need for more effort to explain what it is for, and how it should be used. It is a good idea, but all good ideas need good excecution. Without that it will flop as many have before.