I’m Joe, and I am a Lead Practitioner on the Teaching and Learning (T&L) Team at Oakham School. I have been teaching for 9 years, across state and independent sectors, in London, Essex, Lincolnshire and Rutland. My role allows me plenty of opportunities to engage with our incredible library team and with FOSIL, both of which I advocate as loudly and frequently as possible. I deliver TeachMeets throughout the year, covering issues ranging from metacognition and self regulated learning, to setting meaningful prep and self assessment. As a great believer in the practical application of pedagogy, I am actively engaged in experimenting with methods of teaching and learning. This often involves working closely with library staff in our quest to incorporate FOSIL in both the traditional inquiry setting, and in completely new initiatives, including as a framework for essay writing and source analysis at A Level. Being able to combine my subject specialism in Politics and T& focus with the inspiring work of the FOSIL gurus has been a real privilege.
Alongside my work as Lead Practitioner, I also coordinate Form 5 (Year 11) and teach in the middle school. Tracking the progress of younger students through the FOSIL cycle as they participate in a huge variety of projects throughout the school highlights the power of the process, mindset and framework it offers. I regularly combine my subject, T&L and pastoral roles in events such as learning walks, open doors weeks, and festivals of learning, where staff and students come together to share the best that teaching and learning has to offer.
I’m very excited about the future trajectory of FOSIL and the opportunities it affords me and my colleagues.