Question: What do leading teachers do in their spare time ?
Answer: Lead sessions to share their expertise with other teachers wanting to learn.
Late last year the Dunia IB Networks hosted our annual IB Teachers’ Conference, which has been billed as one of the largest grassroots IB teachers’ conferences anywhere in the world, “Leading a session about Thinking Routines at the IB Dunia Teachers’ Conference 2014 hosted by Jakarta International School.”
Ibu Karen from Sekolah Victory Plus led a session on Visible Thinking. The average ratio of preparation time to session time is usually around 10-1. So for a 1 and half hour session that Ibu Karen led she spent around 15 hours preparing. (researching, writing, preparing handouts, making resources, practise presentations in front of her PYP Coordinators for feedback and so on.)
The principals of adult education or Andragogy are basically the same as child education, or pedagogy, that is, build upon what the learners already know, base the lesson around inquiry principles, the material is related to real life tasks and so on.
I’m sure she felt all the effort was worth it, as the time improves and clarifies her own knowledge, after all as Aristotle explained “Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.” As well as meeting new teachers and friends! Well done Ibu Karen!
“Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.”