This summer I took up a course run by The Friday Institute https://twitter.com/FridayInstitute.
The issue was great because it was about the best ways we can approach our students and their difficulties.I teach in a vocational school in my country and more and more I have to cope with students who are struggling to get positive grades and families are not aware of their learning difficulties.
The six modules were engaging, with lots of interesting weblinks and we could discuss online important issues:
- Working Memory
- Executive Functions
- how we can better understand the difficulties of our students
- Student Motivation
- Coaching for teachers
We were provided with interesting web links for learning about Motivation and how to work with students with learning difficulties.
I have kept most of the notes, I have bookmarked a lot of pages so that I will try to learn more about these interesting topics which were discussed online and I have written about this great course in my website - the one I use for writing about my learning experience on line as a teacher :
This is part of my CPD, but I would like to say that I have learnt a lot.
The activities were guided and had to reflect on videos and experiences shared by learners and teachers.
We could also use GOOGLEHANGOUT for getting in touch with other teachers and share ideas.
The Toolbox was part of the final session and I could learn more about ways and tools which can help us teach and support our learners. You can find them in the weblink to my site.
There will be a new session in autumn and I think it is worth doing such an experience as the tutors of this course have made a great MOOC on line.
Thanks to the Friday Institute! You can access the hashtag of this MOOC if you are on Twitter:
And finally this is my certificate for attending the course online: I am proud of what I have learnt and I will try to better my teaching because "we are all different but we can learn together".
We have talked about mantra and I have created mine .