IATEFL 2015 | Marisa Constantinides: Evernote for teacher observation and teacher development | Workshop summary

A great summary of a presentation I did at IATEFL in 2015 – using new tools for teacher observation which also lead to self-observation and reflection.

Here are my original presentation slides on Slidebean – I am afraid that on the day of my second presentation at IATEFL (I did this one twice, once for the LT SIG and once for the main conference), slibean betrayed me and was completely down – so Olya’s summary is without my slides but with the tool itself

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Abstract: A tutor, colleague or supervisor with a notepad taking field notes during a lesson is a common sight on teacher development courses. In this talk, I want to show how the use of Evernote can make teacher observations more effective and create an impact that can last longer, leading teachers in training to further reflection and development. Twitter: @marisa_c; slides will are available on Marisa Constatinides’s slidebean. Video is the most reliable way to capture a lesson. There’s technology allowing to easily videotape the class, e.g. Swivel – the teacher is wearing a device, which allows the camera to follow them. But that’s very expensive. What are some cheap alternatives? A lot of observers take detailed notes of everything that happens, what the students and teachers are doing and saying – essentially, becoming a ‘human video’. Typical notes could have three parts: what happened / what you did well / what you…

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Upcoming webinars for educators | September – December 2016

For our Delta readers, a list of upcoming webinars, courtesy of Twitter friend Adi Rajan @adi_rajan

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Have you attended any interesting webinars lately? I’ve been missing all the good stuff and turning up for the crap ones because let’s face it, it’s not all insights and epiphanies. Here are some webinars to keep you (hopefully) engaged till the end of the year. An * marks webinars that require registration.

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From Manager to Leader 

  Reblogged from the iTDi blog  by Bita Rezaei Ask anyone and they will tell you there is a difference between being a manager and a leader but where the difference lies doesn’t seem to get beyond the quote “managers drive, leaders lead.”  History is filled with wisdom and case studies on the qualities of … Continue reading From Manager to Leader 

Cambridge Delta: The Diagnostic Lesson

Very early on on the DELTA course, trainees are required to plan and teach a lesson which their tutor and other fellow trainees observe and evaluate.

Reflection on this lesson which takes account of the experience itself, the trainee’s own perceptions and the oral and written feedback received by the tutor and fellow trainees form the basis of a plan of action for the rest of Module 2 on the course.

At different points, it is this plan of action that the trainee has to look back on and track their own development during their course, take stock and work on areas which are felt to be in need of improvement.

Read Angelos’ blog post of how he sees this experience, its challenges and its benefits and think about your own diagnostic lessons.

It should be said that this seems to be a great way to go whether one is doing a Cambridge DELTA course or not and helps teachers to become reflective and to think of solutions which will keep improving their planning and their teaching.

Marisa Constantinides
Cambridge DELTA Course Tutor

Teacher Training and Education

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Planning a Delta diagnostic lesson is first and foremost a decision-making process. The answers to questions such as what to teach or how to teach it should be decided well in advance of the planning process. In this post, I will share the steps I followed while preparing for it.

A. The Purpose of The Lesson

Why is one doing a diagnostic lesson is a very important question to spend some time thinking about. In my view, such a lesson serves six purposes:

1. For the candidates to review, hone, and assess their practice in general.
2. For the candidates to review, hone, and assess their practice in relation to Delta-specific criteria.
3. For the candidates to gain experience teaching a group of students, most of whom they will teach again for at least one of their LSAs.
4. For the candidates to familiarize themselves with the reflective practice model…

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Rumour Has It

Should you be afraid of the rumours about following a DELTA course? There are those who enjoy frightening prospective candidates away from following this course. And yet, all those who have completed it report the benefits to their teaching, planning, as well as the career options open to them.

It is true that the course is demanding – but the skills acquired make it truly worth working for.

Enjoy Angelos’ post and let us know what you think

Marisa Constantinides

Teacher Training and Education

Cambridge Delta post

It has been a while since my latest blog post and… guess why? Well, the reason is no other than preparing for the 8-week Cambridge Delta intensive course at CELT Athens.

In the days/months to follow, I will be blogging about my experience as a Cambridge Delta candidate at CELT Athens. For now, though, I would just like to share with future -and present- candidates my only piece of advice: Do NOT read everything that exists online regarding the course!

If one googles the term ‘Cambridge Delta’, s/he might receive a couple of pages with official documents (which, by the way, are extremely useful) and tons of pages coming from every kind of source highlighting its ‘extreme difficulty.’

I am not saying or implying that the Cambridge Delta course is an easy one (far from it, actually!). However, the whole purpose of googling about it should not be to…

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Using Wiggio with our Cambridge DELTA Trainees

This year we started using a new communication platform for our online/blended DELTA courses, Wiggio. We already have  our DELTA wiki, a wiki  rich in resources, links, material, sample assignments and more, but felt we needed a kind of Social Network/Learning Management System that would allow us to communicate instantly and be rich in content … Continue reading Using Wiggio with our Cambridge DELTA Trainees

How to make the most of your DELTA course

This is the summary of an #ELTchat which was written up by Chris Wilson who has himself just started following a DELTA course. You can read the original chat transcript here and Chris' summary on his blog. On the 15/02/2013 teachers from across the world met to discuss my suggested topic “How to survive and … Continue reading How to make the most of your DELTA course

Protected: What is lexis and how can we describe it?

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