Is Teacher Training Broken?

If the evaluative lecturer that came into our school today is a sign of teacher training at the moment, then Teacher Training is broken in our country.

Old School Teacher inked for me by Tom Morgan-Jones

Old School Teacher inked for me by Tom Morgan-Jones

 

Clearly confused by Google Docs he was asking questions like:

How will you know what they have completed? Who prepares the software resources and saves them to Google Docs? How can they refer to previous work? Are all the devices relying on batteries?

Good to know that he liked the carpeted floors and nice open/light teaching space though… Continue reading

My Advice for BTs

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Comic from XKCD

As we kick into gear of a new school year here in New Zealand, I often reflect back on what it was like starting off in those first couple of years of teaching. If there is one lesson, one piece of advice I would give to any Beginning Teacher to help them survive and ultimately thrive, it is this:

Get to know the people that really run the school. The receptionists, student services, grounds staff, the IT and other technicians, the Principal’s PA, the tea lady, Librarians etc.

These people are the oft-forgotten glue that hold a school together. If you can get onside with them, your job will become much, much easier. Continue reading