“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”
Below are some activities/questions that I used for a workshop for Korean English teachers that had just returned from 3 months in Canada as part of a six month training course.
There are some suggestions that I gave, as well as some sample development plans to evaluate, and some questions to consider/discuss. I offer the material here in the hope that it might be useful to someone. Of course, in the workshop itself I expanded on things and helped guide participants in certain directions.
“The Developing Teacher” by Duncan Foord was quite helpful in thinking about issues related to professional development.
It was also interesting to note some of the similarities and differences between my thoughts and those of Chris Ożóg who shared a cool and informative prezi with his soon to be former CELTA trainees here.
Mike’s Suggestions for Professional Development
- Take a break! 🙂
- Be a mentor.
- Be a mentee.
- Observe and be observed (Observe yourself as well)
- Study something new. (Another language?)
- Teach something new.
- Experiment (and keep experimenting!)
- Use the internet effectively. (Places like Twitter/Facebook/teacher development groups/cafés)
- Join conferences (think about presenting.)
- Reflect, reflect, reflect.
- Put yourself in new positions.
a)Small changes are more likely to stick.
b)SMART action plans are more likely to work.
c)Think about what you want to get out of professional development
d)Don’t let professional development get in the way of your professional life. (Or personal life)
e)Success feeds success.
f)Students and student learning are still the keys.
Teacher development plans
I am going to work harder this fall! I am going to spend more time on lesson planning. I am going to make sure that all my lesson plans are perfect and that I am prepared for each class as much as possible.
I am going to use PDP (Pre-during-Post) lessons for all my reading classes this fall. I am sure it is the best way. I will be sure to pre-teach vocabulary and then have plenty of “during” tasks each class.
I am going to be sure to keep a reflective journal where I can keep track of my thoughts and experiences.
I will use English 90% of the time that I talk in class. I will be sure to use English for instructions as well as for explaining vocabulary. I will sometimes use Korean to explain more difficult grammatical concepts but I will be sure to use English 90% of the time. I am also worried about TTT (teacher talking time) so I will make sure that students talk 80% of the time in class. This way my students will get most of the practice.
I feel like I am lacking in knowledge about the TESOL field. Because of this I will read 1 methodology book a month. I will start with “How to Teach Grammar” and then I will re-read “The Practice of Language Teaching” and continue with 1 book a month for the school year.
I am worried about my English ability so I will be sure to read an English newspaper for at least 15 minutes every day. This will surely help me improve my English ability and my teaching too.
I will be sure to use CCQs in all of my classes. I learned that they are the most important and useful way to check students’ understanding so I will be sure to use at least 10 CCQs per class.
- What is professional development?
- What is teacher development?
- How do we develop?
- Are we always developing?
- How are you a different teacher than this time last year?
- How do you want to be different next year?
- What do you want to develop?