Back when I was doing my first teacher training, it was very evident to me how BAD THAT TRAINING WAS, EVEN while I was doing it.
There shouldn’t be that many people that confused all the time.
It was a large training with too many people (and too many confused people as well) and the teachers weren’t open enough to allow students to ask questions.
Looking back it was very bad, a lot of questions weren’t answered and a lot of people didn’t learn the concepts we were there to master.
I sometimes wonder if the teachers understood the material themselves because if you fully understand something, you should able to communicate it in plain language. People got told a lot, ‘this is your journey to think about it’
And, dear teacher, it is your job to teach people how to think and to provide the materials for them to think about!
You’d be hard-pressed these days to find a University that doesn’t incorporate at least some enquiry-based learning (EBL) in its teaching models. EBL
So why are there so many Teacher Trainings that ignore this option entirely?
I suspect part of the issue is that the industry is resistant to regulation and the people running the trainings are not educators: like I was saying last week, loving yoga doesn’t make you a good teacher. Teaching is an entirely different skill set.
Teaching is also a dynamic process: I know that we’ve changed a lot about how we do things based on feedback from our students; particularly in moving towards a much stronger EBL focus.
What do you think? Have you experienced a number of teacher trainings? Have you thought about what you’d want in your first one? I’d love to know!