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Hello August 2021!

Dear <<First Name>>

Welcome to our summer round up of FE threads. Read on for a year of:

  • Inspiring Spotlights
  • Blogs
  • Podcasts
  • #AdultConversations
  • #JoyFE
  • Digital Teachmeets
You may notice a few changes at PDNorth over the coming weeks... I'll be revealing all in our next newsletter on the first Weds of September...

Until then, have a fantastic summer and a well deserved break.

PDN Lead
In the Spotlight
🟣  Lessons From Lockdown: Using Youtube as a Learning Environment (September)

🟣  Project SEARCH (October)

🟣  #FEforestschool (November)

🟣  #AdultConversations (December)

🟣 The Great ESOL Bake Off! (February)

🟣  #APConnect (March)

🟣  Skills for Life: A new strategy for English, Maths, ESOL and Digital (April)

🟣  #JoyFE (May)

🟣  Bright Spots (May)

🟣  Citizen Literacy (June)

🟣  Digital and Blended Learning Project: Greater Manchester Colleges Group (July)

🟣  #FEswapShop (July)
Blogs + Podcasts
Many thanks to all the practitioners that took the time to write a blog for PDN, this year:
🟢  Finding Flow - Dr Vicky Butterby (Teacher, Mentor + PAR Lead) encourages us to find our flow in teaching (+ learning). Inspired by theory, Vicky presents 8 practical strategies to reduce anxiety, that we can use in our learning environments right away.

🟢  My Lockdown Confession: I forgot to compost! - Chloë Hynes (ESOL teacher, resource developer + PDNorth Lead) explains the importance of 'composting' + finding the right environment for doing so. Spoiler: Not about literal composting!

🟢  Moles + Horses in an Online Classroom: What? Why + how? - Catherine Lindsey shares how she used Charlie Mackesy’s pen & ink drawings as metaphors, models and motivators in her online classes. 

🟢  Cultural Diversity in the FE Sector + the Impact of Co-identification - Amritpaul Bhullar, a PGCE student from Kirklees College shares one of his critical reflections with us. His focus is using the theme of ‘Social Justice’ as outlined in the ETF Professional Standards relating to ‘Valuing and promoting social and cultural diversity, equality of opportunity and inclusion’.

🟢  Reflections on Mental Health and Wellbeing - Leanne Tweddle, a PGCE student from Kirklees College, shares one of her critical reflections with us reflecting honestly on her mental health - and that of her learners.

🟢  Picture the scene: making sense of Functional Maths - Advanced Practitioner Eve Sheppard, experiments using drawings in Functional Skills maths to draw out the context.
🟢  Same new – Same NEW! - Maths practitioner Sammy White, reflects on tried and tested approaches that have a new (digitlal) look! 

🟢 Reward + Relationships - Director of Quality and Performance, Sue Keenan, shares her recent MEd research with us and asks: "Why teachers stay working in FE – and what we need to do to keep them?"

🟢  2020: The QR Code Period - Sammy White celebrates the versatility and usability of a sometimes overlooked digi approach, in this wonderful ode to the QR code. 

🟢  #FEhashtags - FE Edutweeters Sinead Blackledge and Hollie Barnes, take us on a whistlestop tour of FE hashtags.

🟢  Reflections of an English Teacher - Rachel Newton asks: "What really works for me as an English teacher in a vocational setting?"

🟢  The Spark(l)ing Constellations of #APConnect - Joss Kang reflects on the event of the year for Advanced Practitioners

🟢  Emojis in English - Tina Alderson, OTLA project lead, talks about the waves her action research project has been making this year, in conversation with RSL Sue Lownsbrough.

🟢 So, I missed the whole ‘teaching during a full-blown pandemic’ thing… - Kayte Haselgrove, CPD and Learning Manager, reflects on returning to work after maternity leave to a surreal landscape of Teams and online TLA.

🟢 Event Review: #FEswapShop #English - English programme leader Sophie Smithdale, shares her thoughts on the event practitioners won't stop talking about!

🟢  I see you, I hear you, I value you - Kathryn Pogson, Teaching Learning + Digital Lead, shares her experience of organising a refreshing and reinvigorating staff development day.

Would you like to write a blog for us? Let us know here:
If you'd like some support with writing, contact Chloe
& she'd be happy to help!
Practitioner Blogs
FE Podcasts
  • Universal Learning. In his podcast series, Saj Mohammad, speaks to professionals about their experiences of inclusion.
  • E&M Booth, hosted by English specialist Hollie Barnes and maths specialist Sammy White.
  • Let's Get Digital! Advanced Practitioners (and Digital Champions) Stacey Salt + Eve Sheppard invite you (and their guests) to get digital!
  • RadioESOL, a fantastic resource for ESOL learners with contributions from ESOL learners @Leeds City College.
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Digital Teachmeets
Thanks to all the practitioners that took the time to share their effective online practice in video form for the PDN YouTube channel. Check out all their videos below  ⬇️

🟢  Using Google Forms for Assessment for Learning (AfL) by Joe Walsh @Manchester College

🟢  AppSmash: Google Forms + Instagram by Joe Walsh @Manchester College

🟢  Screencasting Learner Feedback by Andy Wick @Manchester College

🟢  The Zoom Learning Environment (5 video playlist) by Chloë Hynes @PDN

🟢  Using Instagram for Remote Learning (4 video playlist) by Jessica Lau @Manchester College

🟢  Using Wakelet in FE by Chloë Hynes @PDN

🟢  Creating Interactive Lessons Using Nearpod by Eve Sheppard
🟢  #FEswapShop (English) Teachmeets: 16-19 Room

🟢  #FEswapShop (English) Teachmeets: Adult Room

🟢  #FEswapShop (English) Teachmeets: ESOL Room
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