Session Title: What are the realities for teachers in the classroom of having more trainees based in the school?
Date: Thursday 10th January 2013
A lively debate about the future of trainees in schools, given the Government desire to have two thirds of teacher training provision moved into schools by the end of the Parliament. It was great to welcome some trainees who contributed to the debate. As an ‘outside host’ (I teach at a University) it was really humbling to hear about how much the @ukeduchat community put into working with the trainees in their care, sharing ideas, experiences and encouraging them to take risks and experiment and really develop their own practice. We started with some general thoughts and comments on whether knowledge or pedagogy was most important for trainees to learn.
@anhalf – Time,patience, honesty,approachable,reflective not being afraid to get it wrong n front of a trainee! The role of the mentor was the first to emerge. There was broad consensus that the role of the mentor is one of the most important aspect s of developing the trainee – and the trainees gave fantastic examples of how supported they feel. The process is symbiotic – there are lots of examples where trainees motivate, inspire and bring great new ideas to the classroom so teachers benefit as well. Some discussion about how best to recognise the mentor role – it is unpaid (mainly) and a trainee thought a mentoring qualification would be good – but teachers are pressed for time…
@ICTmagic – Have any enthusiastic teacher in your class, trainee or vastly experienced, is always an opportunity to learn & bounce off idea The conversation then moved onto reflection – how to get reflective time for teachers and trainees – this is supposed to be part of the timetable, but doesn’t work in reality – and also the issue of if a trainee is only in one classroom under the new scheme, and has a teacher saying ‘this is the correct way to teach’ – it was felt there must be an opportunity to visit other schools/classes. Courses were felt to be too intense currently – trainees maybe needed a little more time to learn at their own pace. This led into some discussion about the (very few) trainees who do not pull their weight, ignore advice and do not listen to advice..and linked back to how to mentor in more challenging situations.
Other interesting issues raised:
OFSTED were felt to be rather limiting than enabling it would be good if they shared best practice’
What about trainees in schools in more deprived areas? What about trainees in schools with affluent students? Schools with results driven ethos were seen to be difficult locations for trainees to learn ‘best’
Some ideas for practice in the twitter discussion:
research shows that more reflection time in places like Shanghai/Finland leads to better planning, teaching and learning http://georgesteachingandlearning.wordpress.com/2013/01/10/january-2012-ukedc… a lot of the links from the session on best websites from before Christmas… Mostly secondary
@urbanteacher I had the best CPD session ever! Every department had a stall like a market and we were either buyers or sellers
Thanks for letting me host! DebbieNotable Tweets
Time,patience, honesty,approachable,reflective not being afraid to get it wrong n front of a trainee!
Have any enthusiastic teacher in your class, trainee or vastly experienced, is always an opportunity to learn & bounce off ideas
research shows that more reflection time in places like Shanghai/Finland leads to better planning, teaching and learning
@urbanteacher I had the best CPD session ever! Every department had a stall like a market and we were either buyers or sellers Tweet of the Week
I liked this tweet from @urban_teacher to trainees online:
My Best advice for a New Teacher: There is no failure Only feedback to improve your practices About Your Host
Debbie Holley, a Reader in Technology and Education in the Department of Education at Anglia Ruskin University. Debbie works with trainee teachers on their major projects, loves research methods, enjoys using technology to prove how interesting research methods can be….follow me on @debbieholley1 more on my work at http://drdebbieholley.com