Becoming a Brilliant Trainer
A Teacher’s Guide to Running Sessions and Engaging Learners
This essential guide provides both new and established trainers with accessible, innovative and engaging strategies to create an inspirational learning environment. This professional book is suitable for early years, primary and secondary teachers, school leaders and heads of department who are supporting their teaching colleagues in schools. It offers practical advice on planning and delivering great training sessions, including suggestions on how best to share existing knowledge in a group and how to combine dialogue and written text to effectively develop ideas in the classroom.
The thinking behind each idea is not only clearly explained but is accompanied with a wealth of practical strategies that can be applied to a variety of training and teaching situations. This accessible resource is designed to help busy teaching professionals motivate their colleagues and deliver effective training. Generously illustrated throughout, the book is separated into four learning phases:
- preparing for successful training;
- offering direct input through new ideas;
- embedding participant learning; and
- monitoring, evaluating and planning for the future.
Becoming a Brilliant Trainer: A Teacher’s Guide to Running Sessions and Engaging Learners will be an invaluable text for both trainee and qualified teachers, school leaders and all those with an interest in delivering great training sessions.
Table of Contents
Introduction Learning phase 1: preparing for successful training 1. Pre-course engagement 2. Getting to know you and getting ready to learn 3. Establishing existing knowledge Learning phase 2: direct input of new ideas 4. Sharing new knowledge (with presentations) 5. Sharing new knowledge (without presentations) Learning phase 3: embedding the learning and developing the participant 6. Talk 7. Engaging with texts 8. Doing 9. Independent learning Learning phase 4: monitoring, evaluating and planning for the future 10. Providing feedback 11. Assessment 12. Making an impact Glossary
Alan Denton is a science-specialist teacher trainer working for schools, universities, the Science Learning Network and the Institute of Physics, throughout East Anglia and further afield.
Simon Brownhill is Senior Teaching Associate in the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, UK.