It is easy enough to get stuck in your classroom, and stuck in particular ways of thinking about your teaching and your learners and even of course – yourself! Cambridge English have just launched what look like an interesting professional development programme – the #5teachingchallenges campaign.
In essence, you sign up, choose one of the options and then you get emailed short tasks to help you think about the area you chose. Each challenge takes about five weeks and at the end of it you get a Record of Achievement for each challenge. If you then want to do another challenge, you can.
I like that there’s a degree of personalisation in this and that you get to focus on the area that’s most important to you, as it makes a difference from imposed or pre-determined input and this can be quite liberating.
The five challenge areas are:
- Create a professional development plan that works for you
- Find new ways to motivate your learners
- Find new ways to identify, analyse and correct your learners’ mistakes
- Be more confident using digital resources
- Be more confident using English in class
So there should be something for everyone there! There are additional extension tasks for more experienced teachers and each task is meant to take about one or two hours a week.