Here are 10 things I want to focus on in 2016 to help teacher trainees on our initial teacher training (ITT) course have a positive and productive experience:
- Making course info and documents like lesson plan proformas as easily accessible and workable as possible on- and offline.
- Managing the timing of input sessions so that there’s always some unstructured time at the end for questions, trainee-instigated extensions, or simply time for human connection.
- Finding new ways to facilitate the trainees’ connection to and interaction with the TP students outside of the ‘on the clock’ observed, assessed lesson time.
- Continuing to work on making TP feedback both focused and fun.
- Continuing to experiment with ways of making sure trainee’s takeaways from their last TP feedback translate into personally meaningful actionable goals for their next TP lesson.
- Finding ways to increase the trainees’ voice and experiences as a source of content for input sessions and course content using on- and offline tools.
- Keeping a consistent focus on simplifying and streamlining that which can be simplified and streamlined in order to avoid stress, confusion, and burnout.
- Communicating with co-trainers as much as possible to ensure we’re always on the same page.
- Not getting caught up in the intensity of the course myself and losing track of my time, health, and personal responsibilities.
- Having as much fun as possible, keeping eyes on the prize: the joy of teaching!
What else might should be on my list (I love that double-modal construct)? What area(s) do you wish your own ITT experience was better in? Or if you’re a trainer, what are you currently focused on? Feel free to drop me a comment with any thoughts or suggestions!