At the end of every conference we ask for feedback from the delegates, and at the end of every conference the delegates tell us how much they love coming, and they also say how sad they are that they couldn’t go to all of the sessions. One suggestion that comes up is running the sessions twice. Normally we don’t do this as we want to have as many different sessions appealing to as many different types of teacher as we can. But this time we tried something out and some of the sessions were repeated, and some of the presenters did two different sessions.
Dave falls into this latter category. His first session Dealing with disturbances suggested a framework for self-reflection or sharing problems that happen in class. SPORE is a blending of two management and mentoring tools and helps us decide the best way to handle disturbances when we have time to think about it rather than in the classroom when we are making split-second decisions.
After lunch, once everyone was nice and full, Dave told delegates How to eat an elephant (the elephant is a metaphor for the English language, not a real elephant!). Unfortunately there isn’t a handout for this session so sorry if you missed it.