More than 320 teachers from across the city gathered at Haywood Academy yesterday as The City Learning Trust hosted a teaching and learning conference with best-selling authors Leah Kirkman, Paul Trainor and Torsten Payne.
Co-author of ‘Talk-less Teaching’ and ‘Pimp Your Lesson!: Prepare, Innovate, Motivate and Perfect’, Leah Kirkman trained in both the UK and Canada and has worked in a wide range of schools across the UK, from inner-city comprehensives to high-achieving grammar schools.
The full day workshop for Stoke-on-Trent teachers focused on ‘Talk-less Teaching’, questioning the value of long periods of teacher-talk and suggesting other techniques to help pupils embed learning and make progress.
Questions posed included: “How can we be effectively checking progress and understanding when it is we who are doing all the talking? How can we be certain that the sea of ‘attentive’ faces before us is not simply contemplating lunch?”
Carl Ward, Chief Executive Officer of the City Learning Trust, said: “We chose Leah Kirkman because she provides practical strategies that are underpinned by the latest educational research in her training. Teachers who have attended today will leave armed with both innovative approaches that they can implement immediately in the classroom and ideas to impact teaching and learning in the long term.”