Musing of an academic manager – The manager I’d like to be

As part of induction week and their start-of-the-year development, teachers at my academy completed the following task: This is of course the activity The teacher I’d like to be, taken from Wright and Bolitho’s brilliant book, Trainer Development. I have been using this with teachers for the past two years, and have found it reallyContinue reading “Musing of an academic manager – The manager I’d like to be”

The Teacher Trainer Diaries: 2021/2022 in review – Part 1: Development programme overview

We are here again – at the end of another academic year, this year somewhat less dramatic than the previous! As I did last year, I’m going to reflect on the year from a teacher training perspective, taking a look at what was covered in the programme each term, the feedback I got, and theContinue reading “The Teacher Trainer Diaries: 2021/2022 in review – Part 1: Development programme overview”

The Teacher Trainer Diaries – A year of workshops – Part 2

To see the first part of this group of posts, click here. In this part, I will look at term two’s workshops, the rationale behind them, and my reflections on how they all went. Term 2 – Working with Cambridge English exams Course type  Drip feed  Breadth or depth  Breadth  Coherent or standalone  Coherent theme,Continue reading “The Teacher Trainer Diaries – A year of workshops – Part 2”

A post-exam, end-of-term reflection lesson

Last week my A2 Key class finished their exams. I could have just given them their results, but I am a big believer in building on what they have done. I really think that exams can be exploited and many things can be done with the results and learners’ work. This particular class had issuesContinue reading “A post-exam, end-of-term reflection lesson”

The Teacher Trainer Diaries – A year of workshops – Part 1

The 2020/2021 academic year is coming to a close – one month left. For trainers this means an end to workshops, perhaps finishing off final observations, reflecting on mentoring sessions, looking at final action points for teachers, discussing SMART goals, planning next year’s development programme, etc. A load of things really. I’d like to takeContinue reading “The Teacher Trainer Diaries – A year of workshops – Part 1”

The 2018/2019 academic year – A year of learning curves

The end has come to the 2018/2019 academic year and, as always, reflection is key to progress. Here are a few things that I have learnt coming out from this extremely busy year, which was also the first year that I have officially held a position as a teacher trainer. Development works One of theContinue reading “The 2018/2019 academic year – A year of learning curves”

ELT Playbook 1 – Exploring your context 4

This is my response to the reflective task Exploring your context 4 from Sandy Millin’s ELT Playbook 1. The task – The role of English In this task, Sandy asks the reader (me) to reflect on the importance of English language learning in my current context, the impact English has on those who learn it,Continue reading “ELT Playbook 1 – Exploring your context 4”

ELT Playbook 1 – Exploring your context 3

This is my response to the reflective task Exploring your context 3 from Sandy Millin’s ELT Playbook 1. The task – The people around us For this task, I had to write down the names of teachers from my school and put them into certain categories. The categories were: Teachers I could go to for advice on languageContinue reading “ELT Playbook 1 – Exploring your context 3”

ELT Playbook 1 – Exploring your context 2

This is my response to the reflective task Exploring your context 2 from Sandy MIllin’s ELT Playbook 1. The task – What do you have? In this task, I had to make a list of the resources that I have at my disposal in my classroom, from learners themselves to blackboards, etc. I then had to thinkContinue reading “ELT Playbook 1 – Exploring your context 2”

ELT Playbook 1 – Exploring your context 1

This is my response to the reflective task Exploring your context 1 from Sandy Millin’s ELT Playbook 1. The task – What do you know? In short, I had to choose a learner or group and brainstorm everything that I know about them, including strengths, weaknesses, motivations, etc. Part 1 – The group profile TheContinue reading “ELT Playbook 1 – Exploring your context 1”