Charlotte, Olivia & I met on Wednesday morning with Tom Barrett. I worked with him last year but Liv & Charlotte are both new to the process, so I knew it would be extremely valuable for them. It is always fantastic to have an opportunity to collaborate with the people you work with. It is additionally useful to have an expert like Tom to guide the discussion and stimulate our knowledge.
I really enjoyed the focus on one particular outcome from the syllabus, I felt that it allowed us to zero in and really spend quality time unpacking that outcome, which made the process less overwhelming. Our outcome was EN2-7B - identifies and uses language forms and features in their own writing appropriate to a range of purposes, audiences and contexts. We came to the conclusion as a group that we were doing an excellent job of identifying and using language forms and features, but had not spent enough time dedicated to the "purposes, audiences and contexts". Additionally, we discussed our own limitations and weaknesses in ensuring that we cover every aspect of this writing outcome, while simultaneously focusing on science outcomes. It was nice to have Pat, Jamie & Tom there to provide advice and focus our attention on what really matters - student learning.
The main limitation from the process was that there was just not enough time! It would be so valuable to have sessions like these regularly, but teachers are busy people, and that is just not a reality. Instead, we have decided to spend at least an hour every RFF session on one outcome, so that hopefully by the end of the year we are feeling much more confident in what we are teaching.
Thank you Tom for coming to St Christopher's and helping us deepen our curriculum knowledge!