October Notes

‘What should I do if I want to become a teacher trainer?’ is a question I hear from time to time. My answer in one word? ‘Experience’ (refers to do something in order to help other teachers). Do you feel how patronizing ‘train’ teachers sound? I prefer ‘serve’ or ‘educate’.

‘What can I read about trainer knowledge and skills?’ I think this blog post by Tony Gurr is a good starting point: offers resources and ideas on various trainer skills. I think to me being a trainer is much more than knowing how to teach well. People skills come first.

Lesson plan as a form, or lesson planning as a process? I really believe that it is a process: of thinking, or anticipating (and catering for) potential challenges, of ‘what if-s’ and questions. It is much more than a (final?) form or a piece of paper. Planning weighs (means) more.

Thinking about successful co-training partnerships in my experience: working with someone, not for, not around, not against, is very important, and exciting, and full of learning. I am wondering how the same co-working strategies can be transferred to the life outside a training course. Looking for a like-minded partner. Connect.

I am not sure who the author of these words is: ‘How you make others feel about themselves says a lot about you’. What I am sure about is that SIT TESOL Certificate course for teachers I have run in many places around the world will definitely uplift you. Watch.

Teacher and Trainer learning/thinking/reflecting cycle starts from choosing a significant moment. Giving background, or context. Description in detail (or telling a story). Analyzing the reasons, and the Learning from the experience, form ‘meaning making’ part. Action points and future decisions, or intentions to act, finish the cycle. Experiential Learning Cycle.

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Inspiring iTDI Blog’s The Newbie Issue  motivated me to accept a professional challenge, and run my first ever training session in my L1. It is for teachers of languages other than English, and we all share the same mother tongue (Russian). Might write about my preparation, doubts and questions soon.

The session will include two of my L1s (yes, this exists!): Russian as the main communication language, and Ukrainian as an example/demo lesson for all the group. Culture note: Dnipro is one of mostly Russian-speaking cities in our country, and Ukrainian language skills are somewhat behind (especially speaking and writing)