Trainer Diary: 2.1

Also:

Me: WHEN would be good to evaluated?
CPs: ….immediately!
Me: why’s that?
CPs: So it’s all fresh in you mind.
Me: Yes, let’s do that. After you teach, walk over and grab a sheet from that pile. But…what do you think…should you necessarily put pen to paper *the second you sit down*?…
CPs: ….ummmmm….(no?)
Me: What might you want to do first?
CPs: (…)
Me: Howabout take a few nice long deep breaths?🙂 Howabout just mentally review, mentally recollect, just pause to briefly ‘reflect in promptlessness’ before grinding out these answers to these questions? Stretch? Smile, outwardly or inwardly: you just taught a class! Yeah…whatever you do, I suggest creating a slight gap. Yeah?
CPs: (Some nodding heads in recognition…?)
Me: It’s abosolutely very much ‘immediate reflection’ – by all means you should get to it for all the reasons you said. But maybe don’t rush in 100%!..
CP: (says something about automatic reflexes…might not always be best things to follow)
Me: that’s such a great point and that’s really the point here. Like, try to be mindful, not simply instinctual, right? Like we said yesterday about some classroom management techniques: there’s actually some pretty “anti-intuitive” stuff here! Really effective, and whoa, totally anti-intuitive seeming! Same thing with elements of effective reflection, maybe – like really looking towards the learners (NOT YOU) for determining the value of YOU…weirdly, in self-eval you can’t just focus on yourself…
***NOTE: ok much of that, Hada, was paraphrase transcription from memory…but it also started to become a script of some places I’d have liked it to go further towards – this is helpful to visualize for next time!

Ok…back to recounting:

Me: ok, great so that immediate reflection lets call a “hot” self-eval. Hot outta the oven!🙂 Before feedback, just you and your experience, you and your perceptions. Now…what if we were to reflect and evaluate AGAIN? When might we do that?
CPs: ….later? Like, that night?
Me: uh huh. Why?
CPs: (something like): more perspective…
Me: And what do you have that you didn’t before?
CPs: (…) ?
Me: you have a lot of peer and trainer feedback. You even have feedback on your initial self-feedback! So yeah, lots more “perspective”! And again, here’s where you prioritize and filter down and focus on popping out that high value PRODUCT: the best few action points for right here, right now, for you.

3 thoughts on “Trainer Diary: 2.1

  1. Thank Matthew for this! Such a great point about not just expecting the CPs will appreciate the value of self-evaluation from the word go. Thinking back, it took me ages to not see them as just another piece of admin required by the course.
    When did you do that ‘prep’? Before TP?
    What about the self-evaluation itself? I noticed that some CPs are so dazed straight after their TP that they find it really difficult to focus on the questions on the form. What would you suggest in such cases?

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    1. Good questions. I forgot to mention another couple questions I asked the trainees (or here, CPs = course participants), kind of important ones actually:

      Me: WHEN would be good to evaluated?
      CPs: ….immediately!
      Me: why’s that?
      CPs: So it’s all fresh in you mind.
      Me: Yes, let’s do that. After you teach, walk over and grab a sheet from that pile. But…what do you think…should you necessarily put pen to paper *the second you sit down*?…
      CPs: ….ummmmm….(no?)
      Me: What might you want to do first?
      CPs: (…)
      Me: Howabout take a few nice long deep breaths? 🙂 Howabout just mentally review, mentally recollect, just pause to briefly ‘reflect in promptlessness’ before grinding out these answers to these questions? Stretch? Smile, outwardly or inwardly: you just taught a class! Yeah…whatever you do, I suggest creating a slight gap. Yeah?
      CPs: (Some nodding heads in recognition…?)
      Me: It’s abosolutely very much ‘immediate reflection’ – by all means you should get to it for all the reasons you said. But maybe don’t rush in 100%!..
      CP: (says something about automatic reflexes…might not always be best things to follow)
      Me: that’s such a great point and that’s really the point here. Like, try to be mindful, not simply instinctual, right? Like we said yesterday about some classroom management techniques: there’s actually some pretty “anti-intuitive” stuff here! Really effective, and whoa, totally anti-intuitive seeming! Same thing with elements of effective reflection, maybe – like really looking towards the learners (NOT YOU) for determining the value of YOU…weirdly, in self-eval you can’t just focus on yourself…
      ***NOTE: ok much of that, Hada, was paraphrase transcription from memory…but it also started to become a script of some places I’d have liked it to go further towards – this is helpful to visualize for next time! Ok: back to the second part of this bit, recounting:

      Me: ok, great so that immediate reflection lets call a “hot” self-eval. Hot outta the oven! 🙂 Before feedback, just you and your experience, you and your perceptions. Now…what if we were to reflect and evaluate AGAIN? When might we do that?
      CPs: ….later? Like, that night?
      Me: uh huh. Why?
      CPs: (something like): more perspective…
      Me: And what do you have that you didn’t before?
      CPs: (…) ?
      Me: you have a lot of peer and trainer feedback. You even have feedback on your initial self-feedback! So yeah, lots more “perspective”! And again, here’s where you prioritize and filter down and focus on popping out that high value PRODUCT: the best few action points for right here, right now, for you.

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