Trainers: Collaboration or Competition?

I would like to try something I have never done before: creating and publishing a paragraph-style note here in order to ‘catch’ the idea.

April is Conference season, and I following #iatefl2018 on Twitter. Have just seen this tweet from Fiona Price:

Trainer CPD Tweet

Something that has been on my mind lately is trainer collaboration/cooperation: have seen and heard comments from my PLN  that training is competitive, and that it is much less likely to see trainers/educators sharing ideas and insights than, say, teachers. Also, it is hard to find the time and space for face-to-face meetings or sessions (events like the forum at IATEFL)

I wrote about some ideas on this here and here, and am still hoping to have Trainer Round Table discussions happening in Ukraine on a regular basis. We have had two so far, the third one is planned for August 2018.

So… collaboration or competition? How is ‘training’ different from teaching in terms of the need for CPD, resources, ideas, professional friendships (critical friends), etc.? I wonder if #CELTAchat** on Twitter is popular because you can be in touch with the colleagues you don’t know, and this feels safer. I love the idea of this chat, often read the summaries, always want to join (and will, I know!)

What could some reasons be for not wanting to share? Are we ‘holding a crown’ and are afraid to admit that there are areas where we don’t know something? To ask each other questions? Or… am I wrong and there is lots of cooperation and collaboration among trainers, and I need to start noticing and joining?

Thank you for reading! 🙂


**part of the reason I am not joining is that I am not a CELTA trainer, and lots of ideas discussed are very connected with the 4-week intensive courses. By ‘trainers’ in this post I mean teacher educators helping teachers (as academic managers/leaders, presenters, workshop organizers, etc.)

About Zhenya

teacher educator, evidence-based instruction trainer, PD Coach
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