You are very welcome to this brief Guide to the materials for the Wood Technology CPD Day 2021/2022. This Guide is intended to provide an overview of the content, messages, and discussion points of the CPD materials as you engage with them as an individual, a group of teachers or as a Subject Department. The materials will be helpful for teachers who may not have been able to attend the workshop in Wood Technology on their cluster CPD day 2021/2022, for newly qualified teachers, or for teachers teaching Wood Technology for the first time in Junior Cycle. The materials will also be of interest to teachers who attended the CPD workshop in their cluster day 2021/2022 and who would like to revisit the materials.
The workshop ran over three sessions on the cluster day. Therefore, we have divided the presentation into three sections for you to engage with online. We have included an overview (in the form of a blurb) with each set of materials, indicating the core content of the PowerPoints, videos or other materials. Each overview will help you to discern what the section entails or what section you would like to revisit in the time you have available.
Teachers can download a digital version of the learning log for use in conjunction with the CPD workshop. Teachers may also wish to print a hardcopy version of the learning log.
The learning log is in pdf format and contains useful links to other documents, resources, and videos. For this reason, it is recommended that you use the downloadable digital version.
The CPD PowerPoint Presentation has been split into three parts:
Part 1: This part of the presentation focuses on exploring the role of the final assessment components in Wood Technology, with a particular focus on the sample written examination paper which was published by the State Examinations Commission (SEC) in October 2021. Teachers participated in several discussions on how assessment supports the continuum of learning in Wood Technology.
Part 2: Teachers had an opportunity to discuss and reflect on their experience of the SLAR process in Wood Technology. Teachers also had an opportunity to explore some of the NCCA examples of student work, particularly Classroom-Based Assessment 1: Wood science in our environment, which are available on www.curriculumonline.ie.
Part 3: This part of the presentation focuses on exploring the creative process in Wood Technology. Once again, teachers discussed the role of the final assessment components in Wood Technology, this time with a particular focus on the Project Design Briefs for 2022. Teachers participated in several discussions on how the approach outlined in this assessment piece aligned with teaching, learning and assessment in their classrooms. The discussions afforded teachers the opportunity to share their own insights, teaching strategies, and pedagogical practices with one another throughout.