British International School, Phuket academic staff took part in a variety of workshops on Monday, which covered the school’s four key areas of staff professional development: Teaching & Learning; Wellbeing; Technology; and Leadership.
‘Edutech’ workshops led by our Secondary teachers looked at Google Rooms, Edutubing, 3D printing and Tech and Display. One session, led by Head of Middle School, Mr Phillps, looked at developing teachers’ ability to move from using technology as a substitution for traditional techniques, through to redefining activities that enhance the use of educational technology.
BISP’s new Counsellor, Mrs Godfrey, facilitated sessions on Parenting as Educators, and Grief, Loss and Separation in the age of Covid. Our University Counselling team and Modern Languages teacher, Ms Tasker, led discussions around Global Citizenship Competencies and the wider topic of cultural diversity.
Other workshops included topics focused on enhancing our understanding of Additional Educational Needs so as to differentiate and personalise our approach to teaching and learning.
Primary staff met to develop teaching and learning within the curriculum areas of English and Maths and also spent time discussing how our students currently use Seesaw and how we can improve our use of Seesaw as a tool to develop reflection and collaboration skills.
The Early Years and Little Ducks teams discussed data collection in relation to Tapestry and worked together to identify strengths as well as areas for improvement. All Primary Teacher Aides completed a safeguarding course and are now certified in this area.
BISP staff receive various Professional Development opportunities throughout the year. Best practice is regularly shared in-house and by external providers.