TP Interrupted: The Role of the Trainer in CELTA Teaching Practice (guest post) | Sandy Millin

Amy Blanchard guest posts on my blog again…

On 11th January 2019 I gave a 30 minute presentation at the International House Academic Managers and Trainers conference called TP Interrupted: The Role of the Trainer in CELTA Teaching Practice. I wanted to share my recent experiments with intervening in TP, clarifying what I mean by intervention; how I’ve been doing it and why. I also discussed potential problems and solutions, and gave my tips on things to consider before trying it yourself. Here’s a summary of what I said.
What

When I started asking other trainers about intervening in TP…

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TP Interrupted: The Role of the Trainer in CELTA Teaching Practice (guest post) | Sandy Millin

Amy Blanchard guest posts on my blog again…

On 11th January 2019 I gave a 30 minute presentation at the International House Academic Managers and Trainers conference called TP Interrupted: The Role of the Trainer in CELTA Teaching Practice. I wanted to share my recent experiments with intervening in TP, clarifying what I mean by intervention; how I’ve been doing it and why. I also discussed potential problems and solutions, and gave my tips on things to consider before trying it yourself. Here’s a summary of what I said.
What

When I started asking other trainers about intervening in TP…

Continue reading at:

http://bit.ly/2Gj1TFB

A long week of DoSsing | Sandy Millin

The times

Monday: 1000-1900

Tuesday: 1000-2100

Wednesday: 1000-1700

Thursday: 1000-1845 at school, 1930-2200 at home

Friday: 1000-1930
The meetings

One hour senior teacher meeting

Thirty minute general meeting for all staff

Fifteen minutes getting feedback from the staff rep

Six one-hour collaborative planning meetings with teachers
The CPD

Those collaborative planning meetings ^

Three mentoring meetings totalling about an hour

One hour of action research group

One hour workshop, jointly run with the other three senior staff at our school (one of us each with a…

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IH Academic Managers and Trainers (AMT) conference 2019 | Sandy Millin

One of my two favourite conferences each year (along with IATEFL!) happened at Devonport House in Greenwich from 10th-12th January 2019. I was surprised to realise that this year’s AMT was my 6th – time flies! I’ve blogged about some of them: 2014, 2015, 2016. If you want to see photos from this year’s conference, take a look at the IH World page.

I decided not to live tweet this time as we were given a beautiful notebook and my iPad is getting quite old and tired! Instead here’s a summary of the things from my notes which I think were most useful and/or thought-provoking.
In the classroom…

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Setting up video observations | Sandy Millin

Over the last 18 months, we have accidentally made video observations a ‘thing’ at our school. There was no grand plan – it just kind of happened, and I’m very glad it did!

As far as I remember, it started with the senior staff recording some of their lessons and making them available to the teachers to watch in a video bank on the school server. If we think particular teachers need help with something specific, we might recommend they watch a specific video or clip.

Then we had some teachers in satellite schools who needed to be observed, but we were not able to send an observer out for…

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What’s your WHY? (blogging challenge) | Sandy Millin

James Egerton shared a video by Simon Sinek called ‘Start with why’:

He used this is a prompt to examine his own WHY of teaching and to start a blog challenge. Here’s what he said:

Thus, welcome a series of ‘What’s your WHY?’ guest blogs from dear ELT colleagues from around the world, detailing their WHY-HOW-WHAT. You can read my own thoughts here, which I read semi-regularly and edit to make sure my ship is still pointing where I want it to go. Everyone’s will be different; it’s always interesting to get perspectives from other educators, and you might even be able to borrow an idea…

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What’s your WHY? (blogging challenge) | Sandy Millin

James Egerton shared a video by Simon Sinek called ‘Start with why’:

He used this is a prompt to examine his own WHY of teaching and to start a blog challenge. Here’s what he said:

Thus, welcome a series of ‘What’s your WHY?’ guest blogs from dear ELT colleagues from around the world, detailing their WHY-HOW-WHAT. You can read my own thoughts here, which I read semi-regularly and edit to make sure my ship is still pointing where I want it to go. Everyone’s will be different; it’s always interesting to get perspectives from other educators, and you might even be able to borrow an idea…

Continue reading at:

http://bit.ly/2RdmlO8