The numbers, for once, do tell the story.
76 presentations and panels.
95 different presenters and panellists.
I presented one of the sessions, attended five others and missed 70 more - a conflicting experience to say the least. Truly, the best and worst of times wrapped up into a quite extraordinary experience.
Notes for my presentation, Looking for Atlantis - the search for great teaching and teachers, are here.
As I say in summary, 'My current view – which I’d happily change if I was to be convinced otherwise – is that teachers teach and children learn; and the link between the two is subject to a huge number of very complex variables. It isn’t a direct input = output. But whilst people continue to believe that we can measure teachers’ effectiveness by the output of the children they teach, we are simply looking for Atlantis.'
Thanks to everyone at ResearchEd, especially Tom Bennett and Hélène Galdin-O'Shea, and to everyone who came to my session, took time to say hello and make the day another resounding success for teachers and teaching.