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Title: Teacher Development


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Teacher Development
15th March, 2012British Council, Moscow Liam
Tyler
IPT Russia
Macmillan
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Teacher Development
  • Teacher development why its so important what
    it is, what it isnt
  • Six steps to self-improvement as a teacher
  • Conclusion Teacher Development and you

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Why is Teacher Development important?
I just cant get enough of teaching its so
addictive, it gives me such a buzz!
Theres got to be more to life than teaching
English!
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Teacher Development is all about becoming the
best teacher I can be. Adrian Underhill
  • Teacher Development what it is, what it isnt

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1. Teacher development is all about attending as
many teacher training workshops as you can and
reading as much teaching literature as you can.
  • True Teacher Training and education can help,
    but...
  • False Teacher Development is about taking
    responsibility and making a personal commitment
    to your own continuous self-improvement as a
    teacher

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2. Teacher development comes from teaching
experience if youve been teaching for a few
years, you already know most of what there is to
know about teaching.
  • False 20 years experience can be 20 x 1 year
    of experience we only develop if we reflect on
    our teaching and learn from it.

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3. Teacher development involves taking a lot of
time out to read and plan time I simply havent
got!
  • True Teacher development can be hard work,
    but...
  • False Teacher development can also be done in a
    small, step-by-step approach

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4. Teacher development means spending time
worrying about my own development, meaning my
students will suffer.
  • False Teacher development leads to a greater
    sense of confidence, motivation, and variety in
    class all of which is bound to rub off
    positively on the students!

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5. Teacher Development isnt important - if Im
happy with my job and my students progress, why
should I change anything?
  • True if it isnt broken, dont fix it, but...
  • False lack of change leads to inertia,
    complacency and stagnation. Constantly exploring
    new ideas and challenges will help beat this!

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6. Teacher Development means working with others
towards a common goal.
  • True Teacher development starts with the
    individual, but it is enhanced when done in
    collaboration with others!

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Teacher Development is...
  • making a personal commitment to continuous
    self-improvement
  • learning experientially by self-reflection and
    self-observation
  • starting with small steps and targets
  • being daring and exploring new ideas and
    approaches
  • working in collaboration with others.

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Teacher Development Six Steps to
Self-improvement
  1. Increasing self-awareness self-reflection,
    self-observation
  2. Lesson planning
  3. New approaches
  4. New resources
  5. Collaborate locally
  6. Collaborate globally.

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Step 1 Increase self-awareness
  • Self-reflection and self-observation are the
    cornerstones of teacher development.

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Self-reflection.
  • After lessons, whether good or bad, get your
    thoughts and ideas down in a journal. This will
    help you learn from them!

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Thinking about lessons and reflecting on action
  • Recall
  • -E.g. What did I do during the class?
  • Reflect
  • E.g. What went well, what didnt?
  • Draw conclusion
  • E.g. What will I do the same/differently
  • next time?

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Lesson analysis - Recall
  • What did I do during the class?
  • What did the students do?
  • What interaction was there?
  • What went as planned, what didnt? Why?
  • What decisions did I make? What other options did
    I have?

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Lesson analysis - Reflect
  • What went well? What didnt?
  • When did I feel confident/nervous/awkward? When
    did the students feel these things?
  • When was/wasnt time used efficiently?
  • At what points could I have been clearer?
  • Did I achieve what I wanted?

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Lesson analysis Draw conclusions
  • What would I do the same/differently?
  • What have I learned about my planning/teaching?
  • What have I learned about my students?
  • What have I learned about myself?

Record your findings in a teaching diary/journal
to build up information on your teaching.
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Get student feedback
  • Which exercises do/dont you like
  • doing in class? Why?
  • Which parts of the lesson do you often feel
    happy/ nervous/ interested/bored/confused?
  • Do you feel you are corrected enough/not enough?
  • Is the speed of the class OK/too fast/too slow?

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Self-observation looking at yourself in action

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Self-observation - action research
  • Filming/recording lessons or parts of lessons
  • Timing TTT/STT
  • Making notes on
  • questions asked
  • correction techniques used
  • praise/encouragement given
  • students comments/reactions
  • students feelings/reactions

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2 personal examples...
  • I was intrigued by the question Do we do
    what we think we do when we are teaching?.
  • This was prompted by several teacher
    observations Id done where my assessment of
    teachers differed to their own thoughts on what
    theyd done in class.
  • So, I decided to conduct some action research
    into the question Do I do what I think I do when
    Im teaching?...

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Finding No.1 (recording)
  • I recorded myself teaching. I thought the lesson
    had gone well, but after listening to the
    recording, I realised I had an annoying habit of
    repeating what my students said very often,
    whether they were right or wrong.
  • I understood that this was a bad habit and could
    be off-putting for students, as it made it seem
    as if I was correcting them, even when this was
    not the case.
  • Action I now mainly echo what students have said
    in the case of echo correction when I want to
    draw their attention to a mistake.

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Finding No.2 (filming)
  • I was filmed teaching, and again I thought things
    had gone fairly well. However, after watching
    footage of myself teaching, I noticed I had a bad
    habit of speaking to the board while
    writing/drawing on the whiteboard.
  • Action I now try and open my body while speaking
    and writing on the board at the same time.

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Step 2 Lesson planning
  • Thinking about how we plan is as important as
    thinking about how we teach.

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Stages and procedures
Anticipated problems and solutions
Main/subsidiary aims
What should a lesson plan include?
Interaction patterns
Teaching aids
Assumptions
Timings
  • But what about PERSONAL AIMS !?

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Plans should include personal aims
  • Can I improve my use of the board?
  • Can I improve my instructions?
  • Can I cut down on my TTT?
  • Can I encourage/praise more?
  • Can I correct in a different way?
  • Can I get student X involved more? How?
  • Can I help students organise/remember information
    better?

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There are different approaches to planning as
well as teaching.
  • Running order
  • Flow chart
  • Lesson images
  • The jungle path! (NB Not recommended for new
    teachers!)

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We can become involved in a self-improvement
cycle...

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Step 3 New Approaches
  • Remember there is a veritable alphabet
    soup of approaches out there to try!

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Approaches to Teaching Quiz
  • PPP
  • TBL
  • TTT
  • TPR
  • CLIL
  • Presentation, Practice, Production
  • Task-based Learning
  • Test-teach-test
  • Total Physical Response
  • Content and Language Integrated Learning

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Step 4 New Resources
  • Macmillan Books
  • for Teachers

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  • Teaching grammar has become so stale and boring
    for me.

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  • Teaching grammar has become so stale and boring
    for me.

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  • Im starting a TKT course, but Im baffled by
    all the terminology.

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  • Im starting a TKT course, but Im baffled by
    all the terminology.

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  • Ive been given a group of kids to teach Ive
    never taught young learners before!

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  • Ive been given a group of kids to teach Ive
    never taught young learners before!

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  • I want to add to my repertoire of activities to
    make my lessons more varied.

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  • I want to add to my repertoire of activities to
    make my lessons more varied.

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  • I want to learn some classroom management tips
    for dealing with my rowdy teenagers.

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  • I want to learn some classroom management tips
    for dealing with my rowdy teenagers.

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  • I want to improve my knowledge of English to
    feel more confident with grammar points.

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  • I want to improve my knowledge of English to
    feel more confident with grammar points.

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Support section
  • Methodology
  • Teaching tips
  • Ask the experts
  • Professional development questions

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A With a questionnaire!

But where do I start?
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Step 5 Collaborate locally
  • Teacher Development can be enhanced when done
    in collaboration with others who are working
    towards the same goal.

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Development through local collaboration
  • peer observations
  • share new ideas/resources
  • create an ideas bank
  • exchange information from teaching journals
  • share problems/issues

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  • Case study IPT Russia
  • Background corporate training centre, most
    teaching done in-company.
  • Issue teachers can often feel very
    isolated/lonely, lack of development.
  • Solutions alongside regular workshops
    established a monthly Bring and Share workshop
    for teachers discussion box placed in our
    office for teachers to put questions/problems
    they have intranet activities bank IELTS
    examiner training TKT courses planned teachers
    forum online
  • Result increased attendance at workshops
    student feedback more positive qualified IELTS
    examiners.

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Step 6 Collaborate globally
  • Embrace the power of the Web and connect with
    the global EFL teaching community.

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  • Teacher Talk diaries, letters
  • Blogs
  • Forums
  • Competitions
  • Lesson plan share

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  • Participate in regular online webinars
    www.macmillan.com/webinars
  • A range of EFL topics
  • Webinars from all over the world
  • Register for free
  • Archive of previous webinars

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Macmillan Education on YouTube
  • Coursebook support
  • Workshops
  • Teaching tips

www.youtube.com/macmillanelt
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International Association of Teachers of English
as Foreign Language
  • (SIGS) Special Interest Groups
  • Newsletter
  • Regular publications
  • Scholarships to attend Annual International
    Conference

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  • Conclusion Teacher Development and You!

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Teacher Development....
  • is a continuous process
  • involves increased self-awareness of ourselves as
    teachers
  • is about being daring and taking an exploratory
    approach
  • works best when done in collaboration with others

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Teacher Development can....
  • make teaching more
  • fulfilling and rewarding
  • benefit you and your students
  • add to sense of self-worth as a teacher and a
    person!

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Teacher Development Checklist...
  • Start a teaching diary/journal
  • Do some action research
  • Try a different approach to teaching
  • Choose an area to work on and read up on it
  • Enter a competition online
  • Start a blog
  • Post in a forum
  • Set up a bring and share at your school
  • Offer to lead a workshop

Dont delay, start today! Good luck!
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