New teachers in Scotland get together in the TES Scotland Probationers Group to discuss career options, to give jobseeking advice and to share their experiences. This is also the place to find a shoulder to cry on if you’re having a tough time.
I run active learning in maths CPD events for primary teachers and am looking for some advice please.
As the job market is so fierce at the moment, I was thinking about running some courses specifically for probationers and newly qualified teachers to help boost your skills and make your CV start out. The courses are very practical courses which will give you a range of ready to use ideas and activities and an online discussion board so you can ask questions and share experiences after the events. Would be based around the key issues of the moment - e.g. management of active learning, mental maths strategies, assessment techniques and maths across the curriculum.
Do you think this is something worth pursuing? If so, which of the following formats would your prefer - twilights, Saturday courses, or whole day courses during the summer holidays?
Any advice would be appreciated :)
I'm a student just about to finish her PGDE, and did one of my placements in a school where my teacher had just been to your CPD - she showed me the things she'd received at the CPD and it looked...fantastic. Some of the games she took from the CPD and used with the class are firmly in my maths-teaching repertoire now.
As someone who likes to focus on my maths when considering CPD, I'm in no doubt that I'll be trying to fight my way onto one of your courses during my probationer year.
Personally, I'd prefer whole-day Saturday or a day during the summer over twilights, but that is my personal preference.
Best of luck! :)
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