The only people that experience more lessons than teachers are the students themselves, and as such, they are knowledgeable about a variety of teaching methodologies and techniques. With such a resource available, why don’t observers make greater use of their experiences when crafting feedback to those observed? This plenary will question the existing orthodoxy surrounding lesson observations and suggest possible ways to integrate those who are most affected by teacher behaviour: the students.
Melody (a teacher) and Marianna (a learner) will co-present a plenary based on the learning journey and the relationship between learning and teaching. The learner and their needs are ever-changing in the fast-paced 21st century environment but is teaching able to adapt to this new challenge or is it failing to catch up? Breaking down the barriers of traditional teaching and how the dialogue between teacher and learner might be navigated will form some of the central themes to our talk.
I realized quite early in my life that I learn languages by myself much more effectively than at school and so I started learning a new language every two years up to a comfortable B2 level. I am better at learning with every new language because of the experience I have gained from the previous languages. Let me share some of my best insights with you in this plenary.