How an MFL teacher feels at the end of term?
Reading Clare Seccombe's excellent blogpost on the benefits of Twitter really make me think tonight. Reflecting on what has come out of opening a Twitter account and getting involved (to an extent) with the MFL Twitterati has changed my approach to MFL teaching in so many ways. However, it has not always been easy to pass these changes on to my departmental colleagues. As teachers we have very busy lives; I am sure I am far from the only MFL teacher who also organises/goes on trips, runs a sports team, teaches extra-curricular lessons, organises MFL drama evenings etc etc. Just recently I have been prompted to reflect on these efforts; the half term break has provided a period of rest and reflection.
It seems that the way forward has to be to produce an initiative that has a lasting impact on my Department over a period of time. The challenge is to decide on what this might be. It would have to be:
- Open to all members of the MFL staff, even those with weaker ICT skills
At the moment my thoughts are leaning towards devising a twofold programme:
- One for lower school students which increases takeup of MFL at KS4 through wider use of Moodle and Web 2.0 tools
- An upper school programme which supports examination classes, moves homeworks online, encourages independent learning and supports students in moving beyond the curriculum via social media (twitter feeds for wider reading, blog, etc)
These are just initial thoughts, and I would be interested to hear how fellow MFLers have embedded new technologies into their Schemes of Works and practices. Are you the only teacher in your Department who can "do it"? Or does your Department have a policy on the use of Web 2.0 which everyone follows and uses? What are the challenges of introducing these changes to other staff?
Finally, I hope I don't have to give up on some of the things I love doing to achieve this; one of the reasons I love my job is being able to pass on my passion for the things I love to the students! But in the words of Beverley Knight;
"for every little thing you hold onto
gotta let something else go..."