Online Teacher Network Meetings

Thursday 9th July 2020

In May, the AMSP hosted a KS4 and two KS5 online network meetings. The agenda for the meetings was deliberately kept short so teachers could focus on their concerns for their students during these unique circumstances. Teachers appreciated this opportunity to talk to their colleagues and voice their concerns, and found some comfort in knowing these were often shared by others. The meetings were popular, and this online approach is likely to continue in the North West next year.

Generally, teachers felt that 50-70% of Year 12 students were engaging with online work, although a significant number were not engaging at all. Some sort of intervention is likely to be necessary as teachers “can't re-teach everything”. Some felt that it may be worth re-organising groups to include those who have not worked during lockdown.

The meetings also gave us the opportunity to gather resources that have been used successfully. Although this should not be seen as an exhaustive list, it may contain “free” websites that could be very useful. It was felt wise to use a small number of websites, as it was “Important not to overload students by using too many different ones”.

There will be further AMSP network meetings before the summer, focusing on the current concerns of teachers and the types of support needed in the Autumn term.

Below is a list of resources that teachers participating in the network meetings said they have been using successfully:

  • MEIOpens a new window: free resources ranging from enrichment to using ICT in the classroom
  • Desmos ClassroomOpens a new window: free resource where lessons can be quickly planned or chosen from a library, allowing students to work together or individually as desired
  • Google ClassroomOpens a new window: free web service developed for schools that aims to streamline the process of creating, distributing, and grading assignments
  • Oak National AcademyOpens a new window: free resources for Years 7-10 which provide a plan of video lessons and learning resources
  • Maths GenieOpens a new window: free GCSE and A Level revision site with past papers, mark schemes and model answers to GCSE and A Level exam questions
  • HegartyMathsOpens a new window: free old website which hosts all old videos and remains a place where students can learn and revise, and they also provide a wide variety of free YouTube videosOpens a new window to watch
  • DrFrostMathsOpens a new window: free online platform, teaching resources, videos and a bank of exam questions
  • Parallel Maths ProjectOpens a new window: free resource created by Dr Simon SinghOpens a new window, which has weekly maths challenges of material that goes beyond school maths: mystery and history, activities and oddities
  • PadletOpens a new window: free resource for sharing boards, documents, and webpages that are easy to read and fun to contribute to
  • Maths DocumentariesOpens a new window: free link to a variety of maths documentaries, particularly for enrichment

By Mike Baxter

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