Any language teachers around?

(7 Posts)
WhattaMunter Mon 21-Mar-16 20:37:50

I've got to do a presentation to our SLT in 2 days time about how our dept improve levels amongst KS3. My Head of dept is off with shingles so I don't want to bother her. I'm only into my 2nd year after NQT and I don't have the experience to do this! I'm truly panicking!

The thing is, while we teach basic structures, once they get familiar with those structures, we encourage pupils to add to their basic sentence by pulling in opinions, different adjectives, swooping nouns, etc. We provide language mats and levelling mats and pupils are encouraged to tackle an extended writing task almost like they would a jigsaw - add in piece by piece by following the set pattern until you have compound sentences.

That is it. How on earth am I meant to stretch that into 10 mins of talking and talking like a professional that knows her stuff instead of like an inexperienced teacher?

Stressing!

Leslieknope45 Mon 21-Mar-16 20:47:10

Call it a 'meta-cognitive' checklist. SLT love that shit. Because they can only improve their levels because they know exactly how to.

Take some pictures of work of kids showing that process. Maybe film some of the students telling you in their own words how they know how to improve their levels.

Btw you sound like you know exactly what you're talking about!

The thing about teaching is I find its all bullshit when it comes to meetings and presentations. Pretend you know what you're on about and they'll think you really do wink

WhattaMunter Tue 22-Mar-16 06:17:20

Leslie - thanks for your post and kind words! Great ideas re taping and showing pupil's work. I'll do that.

Can I stretch it out into 10 minutes of eloquent SLT talk though? Still a bit wobbly!!

Flanks Tue 22-Mar-16 17:03:06

Explain why you do this. What is the theory behind it, what are the outcomes, how can it be adjusted for different abilities, including g&t, how does it support transition to GCSEs, alevels, and how good is the take up of the subject?

That should get you through and then some!

Pippidoeswhatshewants Tue 22-Mar-16 19:01:10

Mention how it ties in with life after levels!

WhattaMunter Tue 22-Mar-16 20:51:26

Flanks - thanks loads.
That's given me more to think and talk about. I'm going to carefully do my research tonight and tomorrow night then practice it.

WhattaMunter Tue 22-Mar-16 20:52:03

Pippi, thank you too. Another great idea.

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