Like so many others, the pandemic shifted my practices of teaching and learning. As a teacher, I had to figure out ways to ensure students had meaningful, engaging, and interactive learning that nurtured their continued content learning, language acquisition, and connection. As a professional learning facilitator, I had to design for adult learning that was also meaningful, engaging, and interactive-with educators who were equally tired of screens and burning the candles at both ends. I adapted. I had to. It was my mission to make online professional learning workshops rich in discussion and resources, while also making it joyful and relationship driven.
All that being said, it was such a delight to be back in person facilitating in-person professional learning workshops this past month. It was exciting to dust off some discussion strategies that could not transfer to online spaces. It was equally exciting to integrate new learning from online tools into the in-person spaces.
Additionally, there are increasing opportunities for hybrid learning, I have a few upcoming this semester. Hybrid professional learning creates access in new and exciting ways.
How do I juggle the needs of the different spaces? Different learning spaces often need tailored strategies. What is the common thread? Joyful learning. Laughter. Reflection and collaborative conversations through cognitive dissonance and growth. Serving multilingual students is joyful. Transforming our practices and systems can be too.
I'm so excited to share this with the world. It was so much fun working with MiniPD to develop these courses. Are you looking to help deepen your practice to best serve multilingual students? These courses are one hour each, self paced, and affordable. I'd love to hear about how your learning transfers to your practice and students' success.
English Language Learner Specialists of Asia (ELLSA) held their professional learning day online. This event was missed after pandemic related hiatus. Practitioners from international schools across Asia presented on topics they were passionate about that advance our discipline. The entire lineup was great and there was something for everyone. My talk Make the Co-Teaching Road By Walking can be found above.
Have further questions about implementing co-teaching systems at your school? Want to co-reflect with your co-teacher? Contact me today to set up a coaching session.
What a pleasure to be part of MiniPd's roundtable discussion on leveraging languages in the multilingual classroom. It was lovely to chat with Rini Gosh and Anna Leaman and the MiniPD team as we explored the languaging practices of multilingual students and the classroom moves that nurture them. The full roundtable discussion can be viewed here.
I am an EAL specialist, coach, and educational consultant that is dedicated to building a more transformative educational landscape that honors linguistic diversity and challenges societal paradigms.