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From your classroom to our workshop and back again: a teacher’s tale…

By guest, Jan 6 2016 01:33PM

Bilbo Baggins once said:

“Why, I feel all thin, sort of stretched, if you know what I mean: like butter that has been scraped over too much bread. That can't be right. I need a change, or something.”

As teachers, we can all empathise with our hobbit friend – myriad responsibilities inside and outside the classroom, and only 168 hours in the week to fit it all in.

And unfortunately, often those things which should help us, should make our lives easier, only serve to suck-up time and hinder us even further. I’m sure we’ve all had the misfortune to spend a day on those kind of CPD courses.

Thinking back, the courses that helped me to develop best as a practitioner were those that not only inspired me, but that also gave me a level of instant gratification – immediately implementable action points that required little additional effort.

I remember one course in particular at the British Film Institute. Not only did the tutor wow me with the potential for developing literacy skills through animation, but he then worked with me on the day to ensure I could implement the ideas as soon as I returned to my classroom, without having to spend hours adjusting my planning or learning a raft of new computer skills.

So, when I moved on from the classroom into training, this became my mission - to create enjoyable courses that were pragmatic; that developed the teacher without extending the workload; and that gave practitioners time to breathe and reflect on what was really important in their own personal classroom practice.

It is with these principles at the forefront of my mind that I am delighted to introduce you to Blue Pebble Education - training for teachers by teachers, with the overarching aim of making CPD personalised, practical and above all implementable.

I hope to see you at one of our courses soon. Until then, I will leave you with what I suspect would be Bilbo’s take on good quality CPD:

“Also I should like to know about risks, out-of-pocket expenses, time required and remuneration, and so forth" - by which he meant: "What am I going to get out of it? And am I going to come back alive?”

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