Development for managers and teachers George Pickering, IATEFL [email protected] Menu 1 Challenges facing teachers and managers 2 Learning opportunities for teachers and managers “It is ironic that developments in the field of education call for teachers to differentiate instruction as a prerequisite for effective learning, while teacher education and continuing professional development adhere to a one-size-fits-all philosophy.” Gabriel Diaz Maggioli Learning opportunities “All things are ready, if our minds be so”. (Henry V, Act 4, Scene 3) The Developing Teacher (Foord, 2009) Partnerships • Self • Colleagues • Organisation • Wider community – Teacher Associations, Publishers, British Council “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” Helen Keller Self • Journal writing • Reading • Internet • Self-assessment • LAM SIG Newsletter • Write articles? • “From Teacher to Manager” Internet • Wikipedia • Google • You Tube Self-assessment • Skills audit • Cassette/video feedback • Annual reviews Annual Review 1 What have been your major achievements this year? 2 Any objectives you didn’t achieve? 3 What do you want to achieve next year? Questions: Self To what extent do you: Keep a learning journal? Read professional texts? Learn online? Carry out self-assessment activities? Students • Receive feedback • Action research Feedback Teachers • Ask • Surveys Managers • Surveys • Focus groups “Little and often” Do action research What’s the problem? What do I need to know? What do I want to do differently? When can I do it? How can I measure my progress? How can I report it? Questions: students To what extent do you: Get feedback from students as a teacher and/or as a manager? Carry out action research? Colleagues/School • Informal chats • Feedback • In-service workshops • Deputising • Observation • Coaching and mentoring • Modelling, shadowing • Shadowing • Job rotation • Posts with Special Responsibilities Wider Community:Networking “Only connect.” E M Forster Discussion Lists • IATEFL Special Interest Groups • British Council ELTECS Lists • Teaching English Teacher Associations • Special Interest Groups (LAM SIG: see hand out) • Making Presentations • Reporting back to colleagues • Volunteer Leaders Task 1 What professional networks are you part of? 2 Which networks could you possibly join?