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Who is there to advise, inspire?

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by menana, Sep 3, 2015.

  1. Hello everyone,

    i have been teaching now for eleven years and my colleagues consider me an "outstanding" teacher whatever that means. I don't feel so inspired and great and I just don't know about further professional development. Most courses I've been on just seem a bit silly or I don't value their philosophy of language teaching. I feel very demoralised by the current GCSE and also very angry. It encouraged a completely wrong way of "teaching" and "learning" and created such a heavy workload for us it's unbelievable. Looking at resources uploaded here on TES, I get so tired of writing frames - they don't teach anything!!! Also the amount of spelling and grammar mistakes is seriously worrying. Anyway, I want to get enthusiastic about language teaching again. They stopped the Advanced Skilled Teachers and dismantled the local authorities and their subject advisors. Are there any official clusters or people still out there who would provide any kind of training? Anyone any ideas? I know I sound a bit grumpy but I do wanna get my groove back.

    thanks Menana
  2. Geekie

    Geekie Occasional commenter

    Hi menana, I recommend that you get onto Twitter and interact with the MFL Twitterati. That's what has revolutionised my practice and helped me to get my mojo back. I am @valleseco if you want to follow me. I'd also recommend joining the Secondary MFL Matters group on FB, which is really vibrant and very helpful.
  3. whapbapboogy

    whapbapboogy New commenter

    I totally agree with Geekie- the FB group is what this forum used to be! :0(
  4. Thank you two, will check out twitter and FB. Happy weekend
  5. steveglover

    steveglover New commenter

    Steve Smith's very informative and regular blog has many commonsense articles frenchteachernet.blogspot.co.uk On his website he has a "blog roll" with some of the best and most inspiring teachers out there. The chances are that if you are already deemed to be outstanding, you have found the personal approach that works for you; why not start to put up stuff that works for you on a blog and share it?
  6. lifereallyistooshort

    lifereallyistooshort New commenter

    Good suggestions there. Another idea is to go along to a MFL teachmeet - just listening to other practitioners and chatting to like-minded linguists is really energising.
  7. palmtree100

    palmtree100 Lead commenter

    I agree with the OP. Although I have been out of MFL teaching for a while. I'm struggling to find opportunities or courses to brush up on methodology for primary (my current phase). Often it seems to be about language upskilling which I don't need. Most primary schools don't have MFL practitioners so where to find a mentor or inspiration outside of university? We need CPD to be available (and I'm in London!) to help us constantly progress and develop.
  8. Geekie

    Geekie Occasional commenter

    Palmtree100 - have you joined the Languages in Primary Schools FB group? It's a closed group with just over 2000 members and is very well used. I'd also suggest finding out where your nearest Association for Language Learning Primary Hub is. The FB group can help with this.

    I'm an ex-secondary AST now in my 7th year as a primary languages specialist. I have a blog which might give you some ideas - http://changing-phase.blogspot.co.uk/
  9. karaka

    karaka New commenter

    I agree with what other people are saying - get onto twitter and say hello to the #mfltwitterati. The secondary MFL group on facebook is also brilliant too - full of people offering to share ideas and help others. I don't check out this forum as much as I used to, it isn't the same.. There are some great resources on here but I do agree about the mistakes. I think charging for materials has some definitely disadvantages too. Who can afford them?

    Back to school tomorrow for me!
  10. kittylion

    kittylion Senior commenter

    I am back next week too Karaka! Geekie, I have joined Twitter especially to follow you! In fact I am only following you and J K Rowling! ;)
  11. palmtree100

    palmtree100 Lead commenter

    Thanks Geekie, have seen your excellent blog before and got some ideas. I'm working as a TA in primary for now. The first ALL hub meeting in my area is due to take place soon and I intend to go, I read that earlier today. I do read Twitter sometimes but I don't have a Facebook account (my choice!) Would really like to have a local mentor to learn from or examples of excellent practice to observe.
  12. Geekie

    Geekie Occasional commenter

    I feel very honoured to be in such esteemed company! Also recommend you follow @lisibo, @janetlloydnet, @msvcooke, @stuzzicadenti12 and @erzsiculshaw who are brilliant Primary Langs tweeters [​IMG] Had better say something good now...!
  13. Geekie

    Geekie Occasional commenter

    Have to admit, palmtree, that I held out against FB for a very long time, and only signed up earlier this year so that I could access the Languages in Primary Schools group.

    I know a couple of people in London that I could put you in touch with, though I realise it's a big place and it may not be possible to go to see them!
  14. palmtree100

    palmtree100 Lead commenter

    Thank you for your support and advice, Geekie, I've sent you a message.
  15. I respect your choice not to sign up to Facebook but the Languages in Primary group is a closed group so, should you sign up to Facebook, you could interact only with fellow teachers on there and would not have a presence anywhere else. It s a vibrant, helpful, supportive, upbeat group with everyone full of ideas and what's more, ever so willing to share. I 'know' people on there as if they are friends and it was such a joy to meet some of them at the language conference last year. Should you join, and then decide it's not for you, it's simple to then unsubscribe.

    In the meantime, look out for you local ALL primary hub meetings.

    Best of luck in finding what you're looking for.
  16. kittylion

    kittylion Senior commenter

    Thanks Geekie - will follow them too when I go back on.

    Palmtree - I know what you mean. I have only been on FB for just over a year myself.
  17. palmtree100

    palmtree100 Lead commenter

    Do you regret joining?
  18. kittylion

    kittylion Senior commenter

    No not at all, but I purposely only joined as I was retiring from full-time secondary teaching. I do know of secondary staff who have fallen foul of FB.

    I like being able to keep up with ex-colleagues and have actually made contact with an old uni friend I had lost touch with. I hadn't seen her for 33 years and after she found me on FB I went to see her over the summer. We just took up where we left off.

    I am still a bit of a novice at it - but the LIPS group Geekie mentioned to you is really good.

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