Further to my last 2 posts, here is about the teacher.Â Â The French teacher is a great (learning) facilitator.Â Â She can easily get a CPF from IAF!
From the technical perspective, she is very resourceful.Â Â She used a â€˜talking pieceâ€™ to direct attention.Â Â She sat at different place in the circle to dilute the â€˜teachingâ€™ sense and encourage conversation among all of us, and thus self-discovery.Â She fully utilized the space in the room e.g. conversation space in the circle, reflective / writing space on the desks. Â Â She asked questions and threw back questions to the floor.Â Â She paused without appearing impatient.Â Â She knew when to use the blackboard to slow down discussion and give clarity.Â Â And she wrote very clearly with structure.Â Â Â Of course, she can do the above because she is technically competent with the language.
From the adaptive (mental) perspective, she impressed me with a strong inclination to work with the emergence.Â Â She often started a session by inviting questions from the learners, and then she will build the entire session from it, instead of sticking to the pre-arranged material.Â Â She always worked with â€˜where the learners areâ€™ rather than â€˜ where she is with the materialâ€™. Â Â Â Â Another indication of her â€˜emergenceâ€™ mind-set, she was never disturbed by the learnersâ€™ late arrival and sometimes she even used the incident as resources.Â Â For example, whilst we were making sentences using different verbs, someone came into the room.Â Â Without sounding offended, she invited us to describe the action of someone entering the room.Â Â Â She also stayed playful all the time.Â Â She smiled and was ready to be amused by the learnersâ€™ remarks.
How did the institution manage to develop teachers like her?