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Dr. Pauline Logue Collins                    Dr. Kate Dunne                Dr. Angelika RauchImage 1
The NEST PROJECT researchers wish to thank:   Mr. Dermot O Donovan, Head of Department, GMIT    Letterfrack, for facilita...
NURTURINGEXCELLENCE IN  STUDENT  TEACHERS
DATE       LEADERS   NON-LEADER                      PARTICIPANTSCycle 1:      15          242010-2011Cycle 2:      10    ...
   NEST LEADERS
   NEST PARTICIPANTS
   Facilitate meetings        Work to targets   Provide model samples      Provide sample work   Set targets         ...
MENTORING SKILLSLEADERSHIP SKILLSREFLECTICE PRACTICEPROFESSIONALISMTEACHER COMPETENCE                      Image 2
The GMIT mentoring model isrooted in Lev Vygotsky’smodel of social constructivistteaching and learning:   Scaffolding   ...
LEADERS   Provide support & solidarity   Facilitate the management                   of learning    ◦   Establish timeli...
   Leaders are provided with Leadership Training by a    trained facilitator;   This training is further enhanced in par...
   NEST participants reflect on personal growth,    learning, and challenges, in relation to the planning    for School P...
NEST Leaders facilitate the professional development of peers in the areas of:   Schemes of Work   Lesson Plans   Teach...
NEST leaders facilitate Teacher Competence in the areas of:   Professional Resources   Classroom Management   Effective...
NEST                                                                                                            NESTNURTUR...
   AIM:    ◦ To establish the overall effectiveness and viability      of the NEST project.   OBJECTIVES:    ◦ Critical ...
ACTION             RESEARCHINDIVIDUAL              FOCUSINTERVIEWS              GROUPS
   Forty individual questionnaires with NEST research    participants, conducted both prior to and    subsequent to their...
MENTORING                  LEADERSHIP    SKILLS                    SKILLS                  REFLECTIVEPROFESSIONALISM   PRA...
   NEST was considered to      NEST requirements were    have great future            very time consuming;    potential;...
Technology Enhanced  Learning Module    (TEL)-Level 9
   Further development of NEST;   Mainstreaming NEST- locating it within the official    timetable & NEST reflections in...
NEST photographic images by Angelika Rauch and Pauline Logue Collins, GMIT, 2010 -2011.
   Image 1, Bird Nest, Suvro Datta, at    http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/Birds_g52-    Birds_Nest_p11568.html, a...
The NEST Project: An innovative approach to teacher training
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The NEST Project: An innovative approach to teacher training

  1. 1. Dr. Pauline Logue Collins Dr. Kate Dunne Dr. Angelika RauchImage 1
  2. 2. The NEST PROJECT researchers wish to thank: Mr. Dermot O Donovan, Head of Department, GMIT Letterfrack, for facilitating the NEST pilot research (2010- 2011) and for mainstreaming the NEST project (2011-2012); The Design and Technology Education Student Teachers, GMIT, Letterfrack, for their engagement with NEST action- research, and their constructive critique of NEST; Ms. Pauline Clancy, Counselling Services, GMIT, who provided NEST Leadership Training for NEST Leaders.
  3. 3. NURTURINGEXCELLENCE IN STUDENT TEACHERS
  4. 4. DATE LEADERS NON-LEADER PARTICIPANTSCycle 1: 15 242010-2011Cycle 2: 10 322011-2012
  5. 5.  NEST LEADERS
  6. 6.  NEST PARTICIPANTS
  7. 7.  Facilitate meetings  Work to targets Provide model samples  Provide sample work Set targets for review  Respond to feedback Critique work  Produce a highly Provide feedback professional TP folder Encourage/challenge  Liaise with leaders Motivate participants while on TP Facilitate reflection  Reflect on learnings LEADERS PARTICIPANTS
  8. 8. MENTORING SKILLSLEADERSHIP SKILLSREFLECTICE PRACTICEPROFESSIONALISMTEACHER COMPETENCE Image 2
  9. 9. The GMIT mentoring model isrooted in Lev Vygotsky’smodel of social constructivistteaching and learning: Scaffolding ZPD Modelling Image 3
  10. 10. LEADERS Provide support & solidarity Facilitate the management of learning ◦ Establish timelines ◦ Target setting ◦ Review progress ◦ Encourage & challenge ◦ Model best practice Motivate peer learners Image 4
  11. 11.  Leaders are provided with Leadership Training by a trained facilitator; This training is further enhanced in parallel modules, which explicitly explore: ◦ Leadership styles ◦ Leadership theories ◦ Group dynamics ◦ Reflective Practice
  12. 12.  NEST participants reflect on personal growth, learning, and challenges, in relation to the planning for School Placement. Image 5
  13. 13. NEST Leaders facilitate the professional development of peers in the areas of: Schemes of Work Lesson Plans Teaching Resources Teaching Methods Teaching Strategies Professional Portfolios
  14. 14. NEST leaders facilitate Teacher Competence in the areas of: Professional Resources Classroom Management Effective Teaching Tips Subject Specialist Support Reflective Practice Image 6
  15. 15. NEST NESTNURTURING EXCELLENCE IN STUDENT TEACHERS NURTURING EXCELLENCE IN STUDENT TEACHERS NEST is a Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) voluntary NEST is a Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) voluntary student-teacher training programme aimed at developing the skills of student-teacher training programme aimed at developing the skills of mentoring, leadership and reflective practice. mentoring, leadership and reflective practice. This is to certify that This is to certify that This is to certify that This is to certify that -------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------- has successfully completed a twelve week training programme as a has successfully completed a twelve week training programme as a has successfully completed a twelve week training programme as a has successfully completed a twelve week training programme as a NEST LEADER. NEST LEADER. NEST PARTICIPANT. NEST LEADER. Signed Date Signed Date .................................... .................................... .................................... .................................... Dr. Pauline Logue Collins Dr. Pauline Logue Collins Module Leader- Education Module Leader- Education LEADERS PARTICIPANTS
  16. 16.  AIM: ◦ To establish the overall effectiveness and viability of the NEST project. OBJECTIVES: ◦ Critical assessment of the development of professional, peer mentoring, and leadership and reflective practice skills in all NEST participants; ◦ An analysis of the effectiveness of NEST reflective practice methods.
  17. 17. ACTION RESEARCHINDIVIDUAL FOCUSINTERVIEWS GROUPS
  18. 18.  Forty individual questionnaires with NEST research participants, conducted both prior to and subsequent to their School Placement (January to February 2011); Two focus groups, post School Placement, 2011; one with NEST leaders and the other with non- leader participants.
  19. 19. MENTORING LEADERSHIP SKILLS SKILLS REFLECTIVEPROFESSIONALISM PRACTICE
  20. 20.  NEST was considered to  NEST requirements were have great future very time consuming; potential;  The diary method of The majority of reflection proved participants benefited ineffective; significantly;  Convening meetings The opportunity to while on School develop leadership & Placement was often mentoring skills was problematic; strongly appreciated;  Some pairs were dysfunctional; Certification was  NEST was seen to be considered useful for liminal within the Degree employment purposes. Programme. Benefits Challenges
  21. 21. Technology Enhanced Learning Module (TEL)-Level 9
  22. 22.  Further development of NEST; Mainstreaming NEST- locating it within the official timetable & NEST reflections into lesson rationales; Restructuring NEST pairs into NEST groups, in order to maximize collaborative learning; Explore a variety of technological tools, to enhance NEST reflective practice & communications; ◦ Skype, Google+, Dropbox, e Mail, Instant Messaging, etc.
  23. 23. NEST photographic images by Angelika Rauch and Pauline Logue Collins, GMIT, 2010 -2011.
  24. 24.  Image 1, Bird Nest, Suvro Datta, at http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/Birds_g52- Birds_Nest_p11568.html, accessed 1/09/11; Image 2, Mentoring, at http://www.officialtherefromhere.com/blog/2011/01/12/mentors- boomers-gen-x-and-gen-y-discuss-benefits-on-genychat-11211/, accessed 15/09/11; Image 3 Mentoring, at http://sixfigurementorsinsider.com/thesixfigurementors/why-you-need-a- mentor/, accessed 15/09/11; Image 4, Linked Hands, at http://raws.adc.rmit.edu.au/~s3326816/blog2/wp- content/uploads/2011/08/Linked_hands.jpg, accessed 17/09/11; Image 5 Reflective Journal, at http://www.open.ac.uk/skillsforstudy/keeping-a-reflective-learning- journal.php, accessed 15/09/11; Image 6 Image Technical drawing, at http://www.yourdictionary.com/dictionary-articles/Definition-of-Technical- Drawing.html, accessed 17/09/11

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