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End of week review

Claire shares some of the interesting talking points from this week.

Hi everyone

The last four weeks have flown by and I’ve enjoyed learning alongside you on the course. Thank you all so much for all of your participation and comments over the last few weeks. You have been generous with your time and with your ideas and suggestions for others.

Here are just a few of my favourite comments and conversations from the last week of the course, where we’ve been talking about how to continue to develop professionally as a teacher.

You shared some of your personal learning aims and areas you would like to continue to develop on this step, and I’d like to encourage you to return here to find others who have similar learning aims as you, if you haven’t already. This is a good opportunity to share your ideas and plans and how you can work on your CPD. For example, here are some teachers who want to improve their work preparing students for international exams.

In the section on reflective practice and identifying your needs as a teacher, Moushumi made an important point by saying we get instant feedback from our learners in every lesson, if we observe what they say, do and the looks on their faces. This is so true! I also loved this thoughtful comment from Nour about what she has learnt from her students.

Rachel has shared some other different ways to get feedback as a teacher in this comment - thank you Rachel for writing about this in so much detail! And thanks to all of you for taking the time to share what you have learnt when lessons have gone well - or not so well! The main thing is to learn from our experience, and move forward.

We’ve talked a lot about peer observation this week, If you’re thinking about trying this for the first time, I hope you’ll take comfort from Sumathy’s encouraging comment that your nervousness will disappear once you start teaching. Susan also says she’s learnt a lot from peer observation, and stresses the importance of having an open mind.

Finally, thank you to course mentor Hugh, who has posted some useful information and a link about making action research effective - find out more here.

I would like to offer heartfelt thanks to all the mentors who have contributed to this course. I’m sure you’ve all benefited from the experience and advice as much as I have. They have done a brilliant job!

If one of your personal aims is to learn more about assessment, there is another free course starting soon: Language assessment in the classroom

For those of you interested in how you can support migrant and refugee learners, join this course which is running now.

And there’s one more course starting soon which looks more deeply at language learning and teaching: Understanding language.

In the meantime, do stay in touch on the TeachingEnglish Facebook page or the British Council teacher community Facebook page.

Finally, I wanted to note that I realise many of you are on this course due to the school closures in many countries. I do hope that the situation improves where you are, and that you are back in your classrooms with your learners soon.

With my very best wishes
Claire


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