February Notes

Teacher post-lesson self-talk: Is what you are telling yourself true? Are you being helpful by saying these things to yourself? Are you being fair to say these things? Would anyone else give you this feedback? Are you your harshest critic? How many yes-es do you have? Thoughts? Conclusions? Great read.

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My professional mission ‘pyramid’ is something like this: help to bring out the best in teacher trainers/educators, so that they could bring out the best in teachers and so that teachers could keep doing the same for their students. The shorter version would be: ‘inspired teachers inspire learners and learning’.

This image finds me in such a nice time! I am wondering about the 4 areas (passion, mission, profession and vocation) and how teacher training for me is reflected in all. Answers all the questions about the reasons to wake up in the morning. Is it only on a course?

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This post is about brainstorming meetings, but the tips seem to be working well for a group lesson planning session on a TT course, especially the idea of keeping a record of lesson ideas and activities for later. My favorite quote says: ‘unstructured brainstorming meeting is an offense to creativity’

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Learning of this morning: the SAMR model as a framework for mobile learning by Ruben Puentedura (2006). Technology use falling into the four classes: substitution, augmentation, modification and redefinition. The final part is about tasks that could not have been done without the use of the technology. Application in training?

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Read this small post by Seth Godin on ‘I, We and You’ and noticed a good formulae for a teacher trainer (for me!): ‘we’ is for receiving positive feedback as a team, ‘I’ is for taking in critical feedback, and ‘You’ for giving feedback (to participants or peers) Simple, powerful!

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A possible logical routine on a course for setting assignments to write. Monday homework: an assignment description to read. Tuesday in class: explain the assignment, answer participants’ questions. Friday evening: deadline for assignments (with possible extension for Sat morning). Saturday and Sunday is trainer reading/grading/responding time. I like the idea.

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Have realized how important public speaking skills are for a (new) trainer. Oftentimes entering a room with other teachers (not students) makes a huge difference. These little things matter: making (and keeping) a pause, maintaining eye contact, varying the pace and volume of speaking, handing difficult questions with confidence, etc.

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