Professional Development for Now & The Future by VIcky Loras 

Thursday, August 14 2014 | 2:00 PM (Greenwich Standard Time)

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This talk will deal with the topic of Professional Development, both for novice and experienced teachers, as I truly believe that it is an ongoing learning experience - a pleasant and constructive one at the same time. We will be looking into a range of ways of developing professionally – both offline, for teachers who prefer more traditional ways and online, for educators who like to engage in technology and social media. We will also look at how to keep a balance and make choices, in order to further our development in the field. Useful resources and links will be presented and the teachers present will be able to take with them a multitude of ideas, as well as share their own experiences

PRE-SESSION DISCUSSION QUESTIONS & TASKS
(If you are working towards a Certificate & Professional Development Credit Hours from http://iTDi.pro please answer at least three discussion questions and do at least one task. Others are free to participate in the pre-session activities as they wish.)

1) In what ways do you try to achieve a good life / work balance? Explain with examples from your own life if possible.

2) What are the main ways you pursue professional development and how is that going for you? Explain with examples.

3) What advice would you give to a new teacher who asks you "what is the best way for me to keep growing as a teacher?"

4) In what ways can teachers grow by becoming involved in and online professional development community like iTDi.pro?

TASKS
1) Please read two of Vicky's posts on the iTDi Blog and leave an extensive comment on the bottom of the posts you read.

2) Outline a plan for your own professional development for the next 12 months. Include both face to face and online ideas. Please explain why you chose the things you did and what goal you are trying to reach.

ABOUT VICKY
Vicky Loras is an English teacher, born in the beautiful city of Toronto, Canada. She has been teaching English as a foreign language and literature to students of all ages, since 1997. She now lives in Switzerland and is the co-founder and owner of The Loras English Network, a school she opened with her sister, Eugenia. We teach English, train teachers and also hold children's events. VIcki is an iTDi Associate. Blog: vickyloras.wordpress.com Twitter: @vickyloras
Facebook: vicky.loras

Language of instruction: English

Keywords: teacher training, career & vocational: teacher training, professional development

Discussion

Ashley Van Oordt

2) What are the main ways you pursue professional development and how is that going for you? Explain with examples.
I mostly do professional development courses online as there are many excellent courses online. I think that these courses are excellent in helping participants incorporate various ideas that fellow teachers share throughout their professional lives. Occasionally, we also have workshops or seminars offered by the Provincial Office of Education that employ us which focus on how to become better teachers.

3) What advice would you give to a new teacher who asks you "what is the best way for me to keep growing as a teacher?"
Firstly, I would advise a new teacher to embark on a few days of "Job Shadowing" of an experienced teacher. Secondly, I'd advise the person to do professional development courses online and continue to develop as a teacher. Lastly, I would encourage a new teacher to find his/her personal teaching style and see what works well within the classroom.

4) In what ways can teachers grow by becoming involved in and online professional development community like iTDi.pro?
Becoming a part of an online professional development community is essential to grow as a teacher. Within the community, teachers have a platform to share ideas and support each other throughout various aspects of teaching and lesson preparation.

TASK:
1) Please read two of Vicky's posts on the iTDi Blog and leave an extensive comment on the bottom of the posts you read.
"Games" post - See my post http://itdi.pro/blog/2013/12/06/the-games-issue-vicky-loras/#comment-135046See more

1585 days 6 hours 36 minutes ago

Patrolena

2) Last year I did a course on Coursera for professional development. I found the course very interesting and enjoyed it so much that I also enrolled for the second course they offered. The first course ran again in January this year and I was asked to be a community teaching assistant. Our co-ordinator suggested this course on ITDI and after watching severSee more

1665 days 21 hours 8 minutes ago

Charikleia Niouraki

Questions:
1. Achieving a good life/work balance is very difficult. When I started working I always took the work at home with me. Now I try to be more relaxed and not fret about work stuff at home. Of course I have to study and prepare for my lessons, but I try to keep myself relax and forget about work issues when I'm at home. I try to do the samSee more

1829 days 13 hours 19 minutes ago

Inna Lukashova

Questions:
1.Usually I work a lot 5 days a week, I try to look good, wear good clothes, do my best at work, otherwise I wouldn't respect myself and would feel bad. On weekends I try not to think about work at all and give my brain a rest. On Saturdays I go out with friends or go shopping, on Sundays I stay at home, sleep late, watch tv, relax.See more

1834 days 5 hours 54 minutes ago

Maria Kallergi

Is Vicky's quiz on ‘’Professional Development for Now and The Future’’ available?

1848 days 3 hours 51 minutes ago

Anastasia M. Martinez

1) In what ways do you try to achieve a good life / work balance? Explain with examples from your own life if possible.
For all my life I’ve been trying to do my best in everything that start doing. My friends and parents call me a workaholic, and I think its’ true. I love teaching, and I love to see my students’ progress. Unfortunately, I haven’t achieSee more

1850 days 16 hours 37 minutes ago

Manar Dahbi

PRE-SESSION DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

2) What are the main ways you pursue professional development and how is that going for you? Explain with examples.
I strongly believe that teaching needs to be a research-based profession. Teachers need to engage into systematic inquiries to gain deep insights into their learning environment and teaching pracSee more

1857 days 5 hours 45 minutes ago

Seew Prakash

1) In what ways do you try to achieve a good life / work balance? Explain with examples from your own life if possible.
Working and living is all that matters. Keeping a balance between the two is very omportant for the well being of the person. In my life I try to keep a balance by spitting up time with a sleeping time of 6 to 7 hours and a working lifSee more

1859 days 14 hours 22 minutes ago

Frances Walker

PRE-SESSION TASKS:
1. I have been qualified less than a year, and one of the hardest things for me is maintaining any kind of work/home balance! Although I have a rather irregular timetable, I try to prepare for classes the night before (e.g. making a loose lesson plan, find suitable, stimulating and interesting material for the next class, "save&qSee more

1860 days 2 hours 28 minutes ago

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