Autonomous professional development begins at home


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A talk presented with Shaun Wilden at IATEFL 2013 in Liverpool

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  • Intro slide while we are waiting to start
  • Both – introduce ourselves – who we are and
  • Shaun – Overview of aims of the talk and then At some point in their career a teacher reaches a point when they feel stuck. This could be you, it could be a teacher who as been teaching for a couple of years or one who been teaching, like us, for 20 or so year. The teacher feels like they are in a rut. Does it remind you of anyone? Not a question of not working hard but not getting results
  • Shaun - The feeling of being stuck can be caused by a number things, a niggling feeling that something isn't working, the feeling of leaving the class and wondering why that didn't go as planned. Alternatively it could be need to be inspired - perhaps this could be extending training - for example a teacher who did their CELTA a few years ago but has done nothing since CPD wise. Likewise they could be looking for some new technique, activity and so on. Having taken the first step and realising then the teacher needs to work out how to stop the feeling of being stuck and work out what is wrong
  • Marisa - The first thing they need to realise that teaching is a complicated business. Like the juggler it is a question of keeping a number of balls in the air. It is a mixture of personal qualities, professional understanding and technical know-how. It is not just about learning the tools of the trade there is so much more to it and so much at stake. Basic training only takes you so far, it might teach you how to use flashcards but its up to you to decide when to give them to students and or when to hold them up yourself. Move to slide 6
  • Marisa: teaching is complex (as you know). Apart from flashcards, there are so many theories to learning and approaches to teaching. so many in fact that no single courses can cover them all and in fact the more advanced the course is ,the more specialised is. So the emphasis is really on the teacher to continue learning themselves.
  • Shaun slides 7 to 11- Days before the Internet – how did teachers do CPD, what kind of things they do Take about disadvantages – time off, cost, took place at fixed times etc could lead it to the point that this often didn ’ t lead to much reflection, variety etc Then highlight CPD has many guises as shown on next slide
  • Marisa slides 11 – 16 Problem now gone from the limited costly opportunities too many to think about and so CPD is likely to confuse in the fact the person doesn’t know what to do and where to look as per the next slide
  • Profile yourself if we think of areas we talked about before all our needs are different so list the three things and think about yourself at the way you are now as you are stuck and where do you want to go what do you want to be. My own profile would be something like this, it is very person profile - at bottom of the pit need to go higher. Newest thing for M is educational technology
  • Linking the profile into how to go about looking for the right CPD – has four criteria.
  • Shaun slides 17 to 20 – link what M said to the one of the current theories of 21 st century learning, matches a bit how we might want to teach our sts with the 4cs. Fits into this global connected world and so the first obvioius step is to connect (slide 18) so how doe we go about that
  • connect with the 100s of similar people are there who late looking for similar people, we learn to gather better
  • Slide 19: Group of individuals that gather together in some way . In the old days it was round the table in the staffroom. Seek solutions to defined problems and try to implement them
  • Online communities - talk about what they are – SIG, Facebook groups, the hasgtags, growing group. Highlight the Cs – of communication, collaboration
  • Marisa slides 21 – 24 Applying the C of critical thinking we move to the finding people that we may best learn from and start to build our PLN. Raises the question of who do you choose
  • How do you choose, how do you know what to pay attention to. Who do you look up ,how do you know whose ideas are worth following - circle of trust. This mirrors slide 11
  • Slides 23 to 25 are about curation –need to curate as new creation - one way of managing what you learn from your PLNs etc. pinterest, scoop it and mentormob Linking to our C we need to be critical, communicate, collaboration with people and leads to creation - first step to creating your own content. Take you a step forward from where
  • Shaun 26 to 30 taqkibng back to the profile=
  • Talk about peer observation schemes ,selfobservation schemes, s
  • Marisa 31 to 33
  • Shaun 34
  • Close by saying how we concluded the talk and how we came to present together
  • Autonomous professional development begins at home

    1. 1. Marisa Constantinides Shaun Wilden
    2. 2. All images taken by MarisaConstantinides
    3. 3. “I feel stuck”Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici /
    4. 4. I need to beinspiredSomething isnot workingHow can Istop feelingstuck?Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici /
    5. 5. Teaching is MultidisciplinaryTeaching is MultidisciplinaryProfessionalProfessionalUnderstandingUnderstandingPersonalPersonalQualitiesQualitiesPersonalPersonalQualitiesQualitiesTechnicalTechnicalknow-howknow-how
    6. 6. LanguageLanguageKnowledgeKnowledgeMethods &Methods &TechniquesTechniquesPersonal qualitiesPersonal qualitiesCulturalCulturalAwarenessAwarenessUsing technologyUsing technologyAcademicAcademicPursuitsPursuitsMaterials DesignMaterials DesignApproaches toApproaches toteachingteachingLearning TheoriesLearning TheoriesUsingUsingcoursebookscoursebooksTestingTestingPlanning lessonsPlanning lessonsand coursesand coursesTeaching is ComplexA Lifelong Learning processA Lifelong Learning process
    7. 7. Made with
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    9. 9. Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici / FreeDigitalPhotos.netImage courtesy of samuiblue/
    11. 11. How do youHow do youdecide?decide?
    12. 12. Profile yourselfProfile yourself
    13. 13. CC CC CCDevelop ProfessionallyDevelop ProfessionallyCCcollaborationcommunicationcreativitycritical thinking
    14. 14.
    15. 15. ConnectConnect
    16. 16. Work on theWork on theprinciples ofprinciples ofQuality CirclesQuality Circles
    17. 17. .Join an online communityJoin an online community#eltchat#eltchat#eapchat#eapchat#eltpics#eltpics#auselt#auselt
    18. 18. Build your PLNBuild your PLN
    19. 19. Build or joinBuild or joina circle of trusta circle of trust
    20. 20.
    21. 21. CurationCuration
    22. 22. • to improve yourprofessionalunderstanding• to learn about new ideas• to be inspired by othersBlogs – articlesBlogs – articles
    23. 23. • to observe other teachers inaction• to reflect about your ownteaching
    24. 24. • Personal journal• A blog• A thread on adiscussion boardStart a conversationStart a conversation
    25. 25. • LT SIG / BE SIG have them regularly (,• Publishers have them regularly• Organisations have them e.g. CELT Athens, IHworld, ITDIAttend a webinarAttend a webinar(or give one)(or give one)
    26. 26. Attend an onlineAttend an onlinecoursecourseor workshopor workshop
    27. 27. Mentor someoneMentor someonetwin & experiment togethertwin & experiment together
    28. 28. ProfessionalProfessionalDevelopmentDevelopmentCareerCareerDevelopmentDevelopment
    29. 29. 33“I feel stuck”ReflectProfile yourselfConnectMake an action planUse you PLN etc to finda good option• Priorities?• Time available?• Funds?• Goals?• Benefits?• Outcomes?
    30. 30. Thanks for listeningThanks for listening
    31. 31. in every WednesdayJoin in every