Trainer Development Some Thoughts And Reflections

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Trainer Development Some Thoughts And Reflections

  1. 1. Trainer Development: Some Thoughts and Reflections Paul Cutler Taken from the NCB PEAL Development Days - October 2008
  2. 2. Purpose of the session <ul><li>Explore options for continuing development and accreditation </li></ul><ul><li>Share some learning from the PTLLS course </li></ul><ul><li>Identify priorities for personal and shared development and support </li></ul>
  3. 3. Sorry for the jargon and acronyms! <ul><li>PTLLS is Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector </li></ul>
  4. 4. Benefits of development <ul><li>Quality </li></ul><ul><li>Consistency </li></ul><ul><li>Improvement </li></ul><ul><li>Confidence </li></ul><ul><li>Networks </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge, skills and attitudes </li></ul><ul><li>Broadens awareness of training and teaching contexts </li></ul><ul><li>Selling yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Developing better products and courses to sell! </li></ul>
  5. 5. Routes to development <ul><li>Continuous Professional Development (CPD) </li></ul><ul><li>Institute for Learning www.ifl.ac.uk </li></ul><ul><li>Accreditation of prior learning </li></ul><ul><li>PTTLS </li></ul><ul><li>CTLLS </li></ul><ul><li>PEAL Facilitators Course </li></ul><ul><li>PEAL Development Days </li></ul>
  6. 6. PTLLS - Preparing to Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector <ul><li>City & Guilds Level 3 and 4 </li></ul><ul><li>30 hours study </li></ul><ul><li>16 written assignments - 8 theory and 8 practical </li></ul><ul><li>Reflective diary </li></ul><ul><li>Video assessment! </li></ul><ul><li>Group work and eLearning </li></ul>
  7. 7. How did it feel? <ul><li>Why me? </li></ul><ul><li>What will I learn? I am experienced! </li></ul><ul><li>Seeing yourself on video! </li></ul><ul><li>Getting peer and tutor feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Learning from other great trainers </li></ul><ul><li>New materials </li></ul><ul><li>Re-looking at familiar ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Being accountable and structured </li></ul>
  8. 8. Course areas <ul><li>Learning styles and learning theory </li></ul><ul><li>Planning and structure </li></ul><ul><li>Equality and diversity </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching, training and facilitation </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Functional skills </li></ul><ul><li>Tools, styles and equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Motivation and feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Accountability, records and health & safety </li></ul>
  9. 9. Learning 1 - Training Objectives <ul><li>SMART </li></ul><ul><li>Action verbs </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to evidence </li></ul><ul><li>Examples - demonstrate, list, describe, evaluate, create, produce, measure, identify, categorize </li></ul><ul><li>Reflection - “wow, my old objectives were not so good” </li></ul>
  10. 10. Learning 2 - Functional Skills <ul><li>Literacy, language and numeracy </li></ul><ul><li>Accessibility </li></ul><ul><li>Clarity </li></ul><ul><li>Embedding </li></ul><ul><li>Reflection - “confession - I don’t think enough about this” </li></ul>
  11. 11. Learning 3 - Revisiting Learning Styles <ul><li>Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic </li></ul><ul><li>Activist, Reflector, Pragmatist, Theorist </li></ul><ul><li>Kolb’s Learning Cycle </li></ul><ul><li>The Training Cycle </li></ul><ul><li>Reflection - “yes, I know all this BUT how am I using it?” </li></ul>
  12. 12. Learning 4 - Assessment <ul><li>Importance of assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Linking to clear learning outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Methods of assessment </li></ul>
  13. 13. Learning 5 - Course Structure <ul><li>Individual Learning Plans (ILPs) </li></ul><ul><li>Scheme of work </li></ul><ul><li>Session plans </li></ul><ul><li>Linked to aims and objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Communicating to others </li></ul><ul><li>Reflection - “this feels more professional and less intuitive” </li></ul>
  14. 14. Conclusions <ul><li>Revisiting familiar stuff is very useful </li></ul><ul><li>Reflection is powerful </li></ul><ul><li>Being the learner rather than the trainer for a change </li></ul><ul><li>Applying the learning to current and new work </li></ul><ul><li>It is nice to have a new certificate! </li></ul>
  15. 15. Exercise - Small Group Discussion <ul><li>What are your personal development needs as a trainer over the next 12 months? </li></ul><ul><li>What support would you want from PEAL? </li></ul>

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