Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Consultancy and me

Tomorrow I am working with a group of teachers at Murton Primary School, Co. Durham, who are coming to learn about engaging through technology. It's a big leap for me as I've never really done any sort of teacher training before.
The usual questions leap to mind. Will I be any good? Will they get anything out of it? That sort of thing. I also think of the cost of getting me here, accomodation, day rates, supply cover for the teachers attending. It starts to make me nervous. Am I really able to provide good value for money?
In my worrying, I turn to the content of my day's work: I'm introducing Twitter as a way of creating additional communication for students in the classroom and also for teachers to expand their professional learning network.
I'm looking at PrimaryPad and the impact it can have when used correctly.
After that, I'm talking about storybird & voicethread. Two fantastic tools that can be used in creative and effective ways - and that can be linked in seamlessly to existing plans.
I'm also talking about our learning logs. The homework that revolutionalised parental & child attitudes towards home learning.
Finally I end with blogging. What we've done, why it's worked and how they can make it work in their schools.
All in all, when I reflect on the content, I know I'll deliver the goods. It just worries me that I won't be able to do it perfectly. Still, as Aristotle said, "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." Let's hope I have the chance to turn my act of consultancy into a habit.

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