June 19, 2010
It’s funny how some connections remain. In 2005 I trained as a Peer Coach through a DE&T sponsored partnership with Microsoft Partners in Learning. At the time I didn’t quite know what would result from my training but knew I had an interest in ICT in education. Just this week, my trainer, Les Foltos, came out to visit me whilst in Melbourne. Les has continued to support me over the last five years and has provided me with resources to run my own Peer Coaching training for the Western Metropolitan Region.
In the last five years I have done a lot of learning and growing as an educator. I was a classroom teacher of Yr 5 in 2005 and since then I have changed work places and roles three times. The Peer Coaching training has always helped me in my work with teachers, as a Leading Teacher, Ultranet Coach and Assistant Principal.
Now five years since my initial introduction to Peer Coaching, I am thinking that I need to be pro-active again and try to make a difference to how teachers embed ICT into their teaching. I have some ideas in my mind which I intend to explore a little further, and how these will work within my current role. The coaching cycle is something I may begin with -
I have some links here for Peer Coaching.
It was good seeing Les again and kind of him to visit my school. He took the time to chat with the students and teachers and made them think about what they were doing. He got to watch my interactions with my teachers and made a comment about the way I communicated with them. Luckily this was a positive comment about the way I offered advice but also encouraged them to think of their own solutions. I think this was a good thing:-)
Sometimes things happen for a reason.
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