Why I love Teacher Training!

I’m really good at what I do.  I get consistently excellent feedback from my classes, and I always spend time reflecting on what I teach and how it could improve. At Greenwich College, I have 18 students per 12-week cycle. With four cycles per year, that’s 72 people who I get to help learn, change, and grow.  Fantastic!

But when I train teachers, the effect of the learning can reverberate through all of their students.  For example, my 30 trainees in China teach two classes of 50 students per week – that’s 3,000 people who get a taste of what my trainees fondly refer to as ‘Vitamin J’.

Training teachers and stimulating their passion for the job is very rewarding.  I strongly believe that after parenting, teaching is the most important job in the world, regardless of the age group or discipline being taught.  Teachers need to be well-equipped for the intellectual and emotional challenges the work brings.  On top of all the knowledge, they need to be prepared to change and be flexible, and to model those things for their students.

They need excellent interpersonal skills.  They need compassion for the human condition and unconditional positive regard for the people in their classes. It’s more than just a job.  It’s a vocation, a calling, and even the best-trained teacher will be ineffective if they don’t have the heart for the work.

That’s the message behind all my teaching.  I see you.  I see your heart.  I know that you are me, and that I am you.  I see your strengths and weaknesses, and they do not frighten me.  I know you feel things that impact your learning.  I know that in order to change (and all learning is change), you must first feel safe. I know I can be a consistent frame, a positive influence, and a guiding example of how to embrace learning and teaching with passion and skill.

 

Do you need a dose of Vitamin J?  Does your teaching need finessing, or do you need to reignite your passion?  Get in touch – I’d love to help!