Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Prince's Teaching Institute event in London
I was off to Drapers' Hall in the City, a short distance from the Gherkin, and round the corner from the Bank of England.
The venue was rather grand, with the Livery Hall having been used for filming scenes in 'The King's Speech', for example.
After five years of working for the GA and a freelancer, this was my final CPD session before heading back into the classroom.
I was asked to talk about authentic learning, and prepared a workshop-style session which ended up being slightly more of a provocation session providing some ideas for bringing case studies to life using outside influences, up-to-date contexts and a sprinkle of technology...
There were some familiar faces in the audience. Thanks to Ruth Totterdell, Graham Goldup and Maria Larkin for the invitation. They'd wanted to involve me in Prince's Teaching Institute sessions for a while, but this was the first opportunity.
My warm-up man in the morning session was John Widdowson, with whom I've co-written a book on 'Fieldwork through Enquiry', which will be published later this year.
John has spent several years working in the area around the Olympic Park, and provided a wealth of up-to-date information on the transformation that is taking place in the area around the Olympic Park. There were some really useful materials provided for the delegates.
If you want to spend some time with John in and around the Olympic Park, some options are here.
It was a hot day to be in London, but enjoyable...