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Professional Development for Busy Teachers

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR BUSY TEACHERS




The EARLY INSET 2015 started five weeks ago. Given the level of enthusiasm we have had from participants so far, it seems we have managed to put together a dynamic and capable group of participants.

To my mind, training teachers is a privilege. Online training is no different. For starters, tutors are given the chance to get to know many teachers from different parts of the country, providing a diversity of real world examples and ideas. This year, for instance, we have participants from Rio, Niterói & Petrópolis, Brasília, Goiânia, Porto Alegre and Teresina.

Research shows that once an online community is built, the amount of sharing is phenomenal. I’m always amazed by how willing participants are to share and to learn from one another.

Last week’s discussion on the different types of learners we teach is a clear example of what a group of like-minded teachers can do: in 7 days we recorded 11 hours of comments in 15 different threads with issues ranging from adult learners and testing to gamifying education.

Just in case you are a little skeptical, click here and check for yourself!

Online courses are where I see cooperation taking place at its most basic level. I often talk about the asymmetrical nature of the relationship teacher/student in face-to-face courses. Interestingly enough, many barriers are truly broken in online environments – to the extent that, when we read/listen to a given thread, it’s sometimes impossible to decide who’s in charge.

In most of these courses, help comes from whoever may be available first. And all these years as an online moderator have taught me that, more often than not, help comes from a peer – not from a tutor. Here’s where I really can envisage myself as a true facilitator. I start off some discussions and then scaffold the work – when/only if scaffolding is needed. Seems pretty straight forward. Not necessarily, but with the right group of participants, it is.

So this week I would like to honor the 42 teachers who, in spite of “life constraints” (You lead a busy life? Who doesn’t?), were willing to give the institution some of their time to share their views on language teaching and their classroom anecdotes with their peers and, thus, grow as language teaching professionals.

Here’s my selfish wish for all of us: May the up-coming discussions be equally fruitful. May we not falter in our purposes. And when June finally comes, may we all rest with that magnificent feeling of duty accomplished.

GUILHERME B. PACHECO
guilherme.pacheco@culturainglesa.net





April 2015 TEACHERS’ SEMINAR – FEEDBACK
The Reading Matrix

TO ALL TEACHERS

Your feedback on the TEACHERS' SEMINAR which took place in February/March this year is most valuable. Please take 5 minutes of your time to answer a brief survey with your overall view of the event and your suggestions.

If you are based in Rio de Janeiro, click here.

If you are based in Brasília, click here.

If you are based in Goiânia, click here.

If you are based in Porto Alegre, click here.

If you are based in Vitória, click here.

Thank you for your cooperation!



February 2015 CAMBRIDGE FIRST ONLINE COURSE
cambridge
Do you prepare students for the FCE revised exam? Would you like to maximize their learning experience by taking advantage of digital technologies?

Join the online course FCE GOES DIGITAL (for teachers worldwide) and get an EBOOK with plenty of digital activities for each part of the revised exam.

During the course online tutors will be discussing about challenges faced during the preparation and will have the chance to explore digital activities proposed in the ebook "FCE goes digital".

For more info, visit their webpage by clicking here.



January 2015 VIII ACINNE CONFERENCE
eboard
Once again, Fortaleza will be hosting an ACINNE Conference. The 2015 theme is “Planning for spontaneity: real-time decision making in the classroom”.

The conference will happen from the 18th to the 20th of April 2015. Save these dates now.


For more information, please visit the conference’s website by clicking here.




January 2015 BECOMING A BETTER TEACHER
Luke_Meddings
How can we become better teachers?

In trying to answer this question, five internationally renowned teacher trainers give us a simple tip each. Which of these tips could you put readily into practice?

Watch the following video snippet (5 minutes only) and find out why they think these tips are important.



January 2015 TEACHINGENGLISH WEBINARS
British Council
For teachers who may be interested in their own self-development, watching webinars can be an interesting source of ideas.

The British Council TeachingEnglish website offers a range of recorded webinars ranging from teaching children and teens to learner autonomy and areas most Brazilian teachers are less acquainted with, such as CLIL.

Click here to go over the full list of recorded webinars.





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