Network Week – 10th-14th November
In his book “The Power of Professional Capital” Andy Hargreaves promotes professional capital. He explains that “This strategy has already been adopted by the highest performing economies and educational systems in the world. Countries and communities that invest in professional capital recognise that educational spending is a long-term investment in developing human capital from early childhood to adult life, to reap rewards of economic productivity and social cohesion in the next generation. A big part of this investment is in high quality teachers and teaching. In this view, getting good teaching for all learners requires teachers to be highly committed, thoroughly prepared, continuously developed, properly paid, well networked with each other to maximize their own improvement, and able to make effective judgments using all their capabilities and experience.” These ideas, amongst others, inspired the creation of the TELLAL Networks back in 2012.
10th-14th November is Network Week and your network leaders have planned events on or near to these dates. Speak with your school Professional and Development Leader to find out how you can get involved. TELLAL currently has networks for:
|· Arabic||· ICT and Digital Learning|
|· Counselors||· Library|
|· Early childhood/Early Years||· Mathematics|
|· English as an additional language||· Robotics|
|· Geography||· Modern Foreign Languages|
|· Performing Arts||· Physical Education|
|· Science||· Visual Arts|
As very active groups, the Modern Foreign Language and Performing Arts network groups have already shared ideas and benefitted from professional learning activities this academic year.
Modern Foreign Languages
The Modern Foreign Language group welcomed world renowned Dr Gianfranco Conti. Research has shown that the Professional Development offered by Dr Gianfranco Conti is the most up to date on the market in terms of teaching metacognition in Modern Foreign Languages. The methods introduced are proven to lead to more fluent and confident linguists who are prepared to take on the challenge and exceed expectations at GCSE/A-level/IB. The way the training was conducted allowed teachers to learn tangible techniques that can easily be translated into the classroom with instant results.
In total over 60 teachers from all over the UAE took part and put into practise methods to ensure fluency, fun and engagement in Modern Foreign Language lessons. As a result of the event, many teachers are keen to continue collaborating and collate a body of work using the techniques learned.
Some of the comments received include:
‘Thank you again for organising such an amazing and informative event. It has contributed to change my conception of how to teach listening and it was so useful with the ideas of activities shared.’
‘It was so useful, I really got a lot out of it. I’m just sorry the whole department wasn’t able to attend too!’
The TELLAL Languages Academy was created to encourage and support excellence in Language teaching. The Academy’s mission is to advocate and represent teaching interests, promote and stimulate an environment of language teaching and learning excellence, and encourage recognition and reward for exceptional Language teaching worldwide.
The TELLAL Languages Academy
- will act as a hub for language teacher-training and language teaching
- will focus on the teaching of languages in a modern living way via innovative and up-to-date methodologies
- will support the enhancement and improvement of teachers’ abilities not only in English-language competencies but also in specific language career path roles required for teachers to thrive in a dynamic and challenging global context.
The TELLAL Languages Academy will provide qualifying, certifying and professional development programmes for the teachers of languages.
The Performing Arts group were delighted to be joined by colleagues from GEMS Qatar schools for a session with Daniel Baxendale (Head of Music at GEMS Wellington Primary School) focusing on music in the primary phase.