…professional learning based on needs assessments and frameworks for working with adults to support their cultural, social-emotional and learning needs.
So far this year as a technology integration leader, I had the opportunity to facilitate a professional development session for my colleagues. This was a great chance for me to be able to put some skills into practice, offering ways to integrate technology into lessons. In a post titled, “Lifelong Learners,” I discuss six things someone should consider when presenting professional development. Number 5 on the list is one I know I will incorporate into all future professional learning sessions I facilitate. One thing I will say that has stayed with me is the importance of allowing adult learners time to collaborate, discuss with their colleagues and learn from their peers.
Working in an international school where some of the teachers are not native English speakers, and some are native English speakers, coaches should be cognizant of the different needs of all participants. Additionally, there are cultural differences among the educators which also usually means there are cultural differences in how educators learned pedagogy. During professional development, some of the best learning can come from combining different English levels and different cultures. Peers are then able to engage in great dialogue with one another and glean from one another on best practices.