The Oxford Music Teacher Network is a friendly and supportive group of music teachers who meet regularly to share good practice, resources, ideas and biscuits.
Research shows that a lack of consistent engagement in professional networks means that teachers are less inclined to challenge and innovate. Our aim is to combat professional isolation by creating a network that operates beyond just the meetings. For instance, sharing resources via email or connecting through social media.
Each meeting starts with a tour around the host school’s music department (Come Dine with me style). It is really interesting and informative to see how each of us creates a learning environment for music making. This is a good opportunity to ‘steal’ ideas for your own classroom.
The main focus of each meeting so far has been:
A practical session to demonstrate how the JamPod set-up can enhance music lessons.
A GCSE moderation session in which we marked student coursework.
How we are planning for assessment without levels at KS3 in September.
We then discuss and agree on the agenda for the next meeting and who will be the host.
Ideally we would like to expand the network to include music teachers outside of the city partnership and so you would be most welcome to join the network regardless of where you teach. Did I mention biscuits?
Currently, the Music Network is taking a short break, however feel free to contact Jon Cox (OCMS), in the first instance, if you wish to share or contribute anything.