Classical Association CPD event: ‘Preparing for your first CA conference as a teacher’

Preparing for your first CA conference as a teacher: top tips for writing an abstract and presenting your paper

This online workshop is designed for schoolteachers and PGCE students who are interested in sharing their classroom practice and/or research with others at the Classical Association conference. During the 90-minute session, we will cover:

1. What is the difference between an abstract for a paper and a panel?

2. What makes an abstract compelling?

3. As a teacher, do I need to ensure that my paper is research-evidenced?

4. When presenting, how many people should I expect in the audience?

5. Should I read every word of my presentation, or ad-lib with a PowerPoint?

6. Do attendees expect a handout?

7. Who will chair my session and what is their role?

8. Do teachers attend the conference on just the day that they’re presenting, or the whole thing? If so, who pays?

The presenters will be:

Dr Arlene Holmes-Henderson, CA Outreach Officer (former schoolteacher, now Classics Education academic)

Andrew Christie, Assistant Headmaster, Streatham and Clapham High School

Peter Wright, Head of History, Blackpool Sixth

The presenters have all submitted abstracts and presented at CA conferences as schoolteachers. They will share their top tips and will be happy to answer questions from the audience.

It is expected that postgraduate students will benefit from training of this type via their institutions. If capacity allows, postgraduate students and non-educators will be offered spaces at this event, but priority will be given to teachers and PGCE students.

The event will be on zoom. Links to access the event will be provided to ticket holders shortly before the event.

Registration is free via Eventbrite.