On Friday 12th February our colleges gathered at St. Joseph’s College, Stoke-on-Trent for our annual joint INSET day. Dr John Kelly, an expert in how the brain learns, led the day with a practical workshop on learning styles, activities we use in the classroom and how to adapt out teaching to ensure that every individual pupil’s learning needs are met.
Challenged to think about our own brains – are we left or right hand brain? And ‘How am I smart?’ (word smart, number smart, body smart, people smart, music smart etc) we questioned the traditional ‘intelligence’ values put upon language and mathematics.
Thanks to Dr John Kelly for the day’s thought-provoking session.
We also had an overview of the Network’s events and innovations; a focus on two new opportunities for schools – ‘Strengthening Families Programme’ a communication skills-based 14 week course which we will be offering to groups of facilitators in each college. Also we will soon be qualified in Suicide Awareness training which we will be able to offer to schools and ministries by September.
O God, we thank you for the life of Edmund Rice.
He opened his heart to Christ present in those oppressed by poverty and injustice.
May we follow his example of faith and generosity.
Grant us the courage and compassion of Edmund as we seek to live lives of love and service.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.