School INSET days or after school CPD sessions often cater well for those staff who like to work in groups, who enjoy activities such as ‘speed dating’ and benefit from bouncing ideas off of each other. However, there are many who find these experiences excruciating and would benefit far more from being able to work through new ideas in small groups or by themselves.
Professional development for teachers often seems to be designed for extroverts. Quieter staff can finish inset days/training not full of motivation and enthusiasm, but the converse: exhausted and overwhelmed. More space for reflection/evaluation/sustained CPD is needed.— Jamie Thom (@teachgratitude1) July 12, 2019
Below are a series of possible topics that could be explored as part of your own personalised CPD, if you are one of those people who would rather read and study materials independently, in a calm and quiet environment.
It is worth having a look at the latest Teaching and Learning Toolkit (October 2018), published by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF). It may give you some ideas about where to best focus your research.
Before you choose an area of focus, it is also worth reading this article on 12 Educational Research Myths.
Once you have chosen your area of focus, there is a record sheet for you to note down your ideas and conclusions, in order to help focus your research and think about the impact on your own future actions. Download a copy of the Individual CPD recording sheet here.
- Threshold Concepts for Teachers
- Teachers can only improve themselves. But how?
- Eight key pieces of research for teachers by Tom Rogers (TES)
Topics for consideration in alphabetical order (work in progress).
- ourschoolcpd – behaviour-management posts
- The Psychology of behaviour management – Part 1. ResearchED. June 2019.
Catering for different needs and abilities (Adaptive teaching)
- Four steps to ditch differentiation.
- How to get every pupil focused on learning.
- What do teachers think differentiation is?
- Going beyond binaries with differentiation.
- Does differentiation always have to mean different?
- Rescuing differentiation from the checklist of bad practice.
- To address underachieving groups, teach everyone better.
Cognitive Science – How we learn
- Four ways cognitive load theory has changed my teaching.
- Cognitive Load theory and its impact in the classroom.
- Writing and Cognitive Load Theory. ResearchED. June 2019.
- Cognitive Load Theory – Research that teachers really need to understand. – Centre for Excellence Statistics and Evaluation.
- Learning: What is it, and how might we catalyse it? – Ambition Institute
- MARGE – A whole-brain learning approach. (Arthur Shimarura 2018).
- MARGE model in 6 ppt slides
- 5 ways to support pupils with poor working memory. (Mark Enser 2019).
- How learning works – Quick video guide from the BBC on how we store and retrieve information. Also, read about them here.
- The Myth of Multitasking – Quick video guide from the BBC on the myth of multitasking and other modern misconceptions about how we learn.
- Explainers Explained – How to Make Effective Learning Content.
- Memory and meaning – ppt from ResearchEd.
- Cognitive load theory: Teaching strategies – Teacher Magazine
- Using CLT to improve slideshow presentations – Impact journal Chartered College of Teaching.
- Why minimal guidance does not work… Kirschner, Sweller and Clark.
- Principles of Instruction. Rosenshine 2012.
- Ten Principles of Instruction– Rosenshine, B. (2012) Explained from a classroom.
- Principals of Instruction – ppt
- The subtle art of losing control. ResearchED. June 2019.
- Rosenshine’s principles – Mr Barton Podcast.
- Kitchen pedagogy videos from Tom Sherrington.
- A video introduction to dual coding theory with Oliver Caviglioli.
- Dual coding with teachers – Powerpoint from ResearchEd
- What is dual coding theory and how can it be applied in the classroom?
- Strategies for student-led dual coding.
- ourschoolcpd – questioning posts.
- Checking for understanding – Rediscovering the lost art of questioning.
- Co-operative learning: What makes group work work? Slavin 2010.
- Improving literacy in Secondary schools – Education Endowment Foundation guidance report
- How to use retrieval practice to improve learning from retrievalpractice.org.
- Ten techniques for retrieval practice by Tom Sherrington.
- The research that shaped me: retrieval practice
- Professional Learning module on retrieval practice from CogSciSci.
The Six Pedagogical Principles
Outline of each of the principles listed above, along with videos & reading lists here.
Or choose your own area – a selection of research summaries available here.