One of the best things about Partners in Learning is that we get to work with outstanding teachers here in the UK. Better still we get to celebrate the fantastic work of their students at our Partners in Learning Forums.
Gareth from Willows High School in Cardiff, is one of our award winning teachers that will be attending next week’s Partners in Learning Global Forum in Washington D.C. He describes his involvement with Partners in Learning as ‘the best CPD I have ever had , the impact on me, my school and my kids has been immense’.
Gareth will be presenting his project along with 200 hundred teachers from over 100 countries, please join me in wish him good luck in the competition. You can follow his progress and that of Jennifer King (whose project I will describe in my next post) on the twitter hash tag #PILGF. Please feel free to leave a comment wishing him luck. He would welcome your support.
His project, Capturing & Recording Sounds won awards at our 2010 UK Forum and the European Forum held in Moscow last March.
He uses technology to motivate, inspire and enthuse his students, with them amongst other things, preparing resources to help younger pupils with guitars, drums and keyboards. He has created a website www.askthemusicteacher.co.uk to share their success and support their learning.
Gareth’s motivation lies in the way the technology he uses enthuses learners who had previously had problems with school and are reluctant learners. Subsequently, the success rate in their GCSE music and music technology exams was 100% A*-C. The enjoyment of the pupils is evident in how they continued with the project at home and how they took responsibility for their own learning. He has capitalised on a wealth of free resources from Microsoft, such as Microsoft Songsmith, Autocollage, Moviemaker and Kinect SDK. These tools are now being used by other teachers in the school, they’ve been shared with other local schools and the videos that the students have made are available to the wider music teaching/learning community through www.askthemusicteacher.co.uk
Not only is Gareth a great teacher, but his many talents include Welsh Brass Band conductor of the year and a former winger for Cwm Rugby Club. He is also utilising his talents as a music producer for his students. They have just completed and released their first album, which they have shared throughout the school and community. You can listen to Belong, Believe, Achieve here.