Opening Doors for the Developing Teacher
The second session in our Spring Season of teacher development workshops asked the question ‘How does ELT do CPD?’, and contrasted traditional, irregular activities – such as reading books & journals, attending insets & conferences – with the potential for more dynamic and interactive avenues online, specifically via the social networking platform, Twitter.
The main areas we looked at were:
How to set up a Twitter account & key tips
- Sign up at www.twitter.com
- Include something about English language teaching in your Profile – teachers like to follow other teachers
- Get Following! the easiest way to do this is to follow the Followers of somebody famous in our field, such as Jeremy Harmer @Harmerj
- Organizational tips included saving interesting tweets as Favorites to read later; using a social bookmarking tool such as Delicious or Diigo; downloading Tweetdeck to follow hashtag conversations such as #ELTchat
- Watch Russell Stannard’s simple video guide on how & why to join twitter
- Connect with teachers around the world, and build a Personal Learning Network or PLN
- Access, and share: resources, lesson ideas, technology tips, job openings, & the latest thinking in ELT
- Participate in weekly conversations on topics relevant to our field – #ELTchat
- Find and read thought-provoking ELT blogs; join in the discussions which may follow in the blog post comments
- Take part in online conferences & webinars – they are free, and you can do this from the comfort of your own home!
- Develop the learning habits of our current / future students – become a networked teacher!
- Take charge of your own professional development!
To review the areas we discussed, here is the link to my Prezi
Three things to try out:
- Join twitter, you can follow me (@JoshSRound) and find some other teachers & trainers to follow.
- Look out for the next #ELTchat (on Wednesdays 12pm & 9pm) & join in the conversation.
- Explore some of the resources or lesson ideas which are shared online; then try out something new in your teaching!
I really look forward to seeing you on twitter!! In the meantime, please leave some feedback on the session, and do share any experiences you have trying out the recommendations. Add a comment below!
The next SGI CPD Club workshop will be on Tuesday 3rd May: “Writing, The Forgotten Skill” and will offer you the chance to discover some easy ways to run engaging, student-centred and communicative General English writing classes. If you want to join us, then contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 0207 299 1705.
For further information on #ELTchat and how to get involved, look at this blogpost by one of its founders and moderators, Marisa Constantinides.