I came across thisthought-provoking article titled Six Steps to Making Positive Changes in Your Teaching and thought it would be of interest to members of this group. When reading the first step, “Think about what needs to change before deciding on a change”, I thought that it would be a great exercise to set the stage at a workshop with teachers. A couple of days before the workshop, you could ask teachers to identify one or both questions: ‘What am I doing that isn’t promoting learning or very much learning?’ Or, ‘What am I doing that I’ve probably done the same way for too long?’ I would take it a step further and have teachers focus on just one area based on the topic of the workshop. For example, if the training is about integrating technology, I would have them identify “What am I doing that isn’t promoting the use of technology in my classroom.” Some responses might include relying too much on a textbook, limited access to technology, unsure how to manage so many students using the technology or lack of time to find the latest online resources. Then as a facilitator of the workshop, I would need to address the teachers' different concerns and how to overcome them during my workshop.
What are your thoughts about the six steps mentioned in the article and how will you integrate them into your training, coaching and mentoring?