Professional Development

We asked – you told us!

Karen Momber

What you enjoy and what you find challenging. A couple of ideas to try out.

You may have read about the World Teacher survey which we ran between April and August last year. If so, you’ll know that we received over 10,000 responses from 166 countries about what it is like being a teacher in the 21st century. If not, you can see the report here.

Amongst other things, you (teachers) shared with us what you most enjoy about your job, and what you find most challenging.

What you enjoy

It was wonderful to see that 79% of teachers who answered said they most enjoy seeing students achieve their goals.  This was followed closely by: helping students overcome challenges; inspiring students; and motivating students, with 94% of teachers agreeing that education is more than just exam results. It was inspiring for us to see the extent to which you put students’ learning and engagement at the heart of what you do.

When it comes to what you most enjoy about your teaching practice, many of you said that you enjoy engaging with the subject, trying new things for the first time, and finding resources to use in class, with 48% of you saying that you most enjoy using various teaching approaches. It was gratifying to be involved with a profession with so much interest in personal growth and development.  Whilst 46% of you believe you don’t spend enough time on training and CPD, it is clear that many of you are engaged in informal development through classroom experimentation.

To add to your enjoyment of teaching, we’d like to suggest you try this teaching approach from Scott Thornbury’s 30 Language Teaching Methods, if you haven’t already done so:

 Dogme ELT / Teaching Unplugged

What you find challenging

When it came to challenges, although administration was a concern with many of you feeling you spend too much time on this, it was no surprise to us that 41% of teachers said that managing mixed ability classes is the most challenging aspect of the job, scoring equally with dealing with bad behaviour. We’ll consider developing positive behaviour in our post next week, but will leave you with one of the ten techniques for dealing with mixed ability classes which Jim Scrivener outlines in his award-winning book, Classroom Management Techniques.

Techniques: Multilevel tasks

Read about the full results of World Teacher survey


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