Our Staff Enquiry group (a group of teachers here at Greenfield who are focussing on SOLEs and Room 13) met for a catch up this week and were able to share teacher’s experiences of working in the new Room 13 space and SOLEs.
Some thoughts from the group / highlights:
- They discussed the challenge of setting the ‘right’ big question.
- They were interested in the role of the granny and how this may develop in the British Education System.
- There was talk about the difficulty at times not to interject and steer the learning with a class in the room.
- One teacher discussed their interest in the role of the student manager and how they had employed the role so far
- Staff discussed feedback from students and parents and mentioned a lovely note from a parent about how much their son had been talking about Room 13 at home, their learning in there and how much they are enjoying school and the SOLEs method.
In other news:
We have been developing a “handy handbook” full of the principles of SOLEs and how these can be employed, “top tips from students”, “top tips from staff” and more. This compliments a big area of information and capturing of data/images/information on Greenfield Community College’s Virtual Learning Environment – Moodle.
Some highlights to look forward to:
We have a series of SOLEs sessions with primary schools planned over the next two months, where we will be testing a number of different “big” questions about Global issues.
The results of the Chilton Primary School’s out of school SOLEs work exploring books they will buy for their library. What makes a good book? What makes you choose a book?
A visit from a local primary school for an afternoon of CPD this week about SOLEs and enquiry methods.
And we are planning a trip to the Netherlands to work with colleagues there and share ideas. So much to do, so little time. We’d better get cracking!