Case Study Two
In October 2018 I held a FREE webinar and decided to provide free support and guidance on how people / teachers can better themselves. How they become better teachers, manage students effectively and provide, cater for the needs of all students in their classrooms. I decided to cover a few areas of outstanding teaching and learning and how to self-evaluate so that teachers can focus on these areas to better themselves.
Over the 2 hours I critically examined why some teachers burn out and why they do not achieve success in their teacher and progress in many areas in their lesson delivery. Many teachers attended the free webinar of which many of them signed up to the 5-session webinar.
One of these teachers was Mirella from Romania. Mirela has been a teacher for 23 years but still had many questions. After the presentation this is what she said:
“I found the presentation very useful. I have been teaching for 23 years but still have many questions. The presentation was very clear and in accordance to the modern challenges within education. It covered the main aspects of education provided in schools at different levels. Thank you very much!” Mirela.
After the Free webinar she signed up to the 5 session webinar and we went through a few areas / modules that I believe would benefit her and others in teaching (based on her needs).
We also pencilled in 3 online 1-2-1 sessions where we discussed many of her concerns and issues. During the 6 weeks programme a classroom observation was scheduled (we will discuss this later). During her first session we completed the 11 areas in circle of outstanding teaching the outcome of which we evaluated / assessed her to be adequate – good in her teaching.
As we progressed throughout the course, I saw her confidence grow immensely and her motivation for teaching began to improve even more. The simple strategies she implemented in effective lesson planning, behaviour management in the classroom, assessment, VARK model and effective differentiation in the lesson transformed her teaching from average to good/outstanding. She was oozing confident and now wanted to evolve from being a classroom teacher to middle manager.
Prior to her observation we pencilled in a session where I explained some key ideas that she should implement. With this new strategy, she planned her lesson to an exceptionally high standard. The next day she called me and was ecstatic that her observation went better than expected and she was graded outstanding.
She had never felt this euphoria as a teacher, she was at last realising that she can achieve her goals, she just needed some guidance. Her motivation had reached a whole new level. She is now more than capable of managing other teachers and wants to upskill further to become a middle leader. She has now pencilled in a 12-week coaching plan with Academica mentoring.