Wednesday, October 12, 2011

What i am up to...touched down in Jerusalem

So, i have touched down in Jerusalem. It's been extremely good so far, done a lot of visiting to schools and teachers and talking shop. This has coincided with my Master's Developing Researcher Competence module which so far has been very good and thought provoking. I can certainly feel the growth in my researcher competency, though there is quite alot of procedural crossover with other modules, in particular related to the brainstorming and focusing a topic for investiagation. For this module I am encouraged to write a researcher journal about my progress (or lack there of). This journal has some overlap with what's going on in this space, my blog. However, I shan't bother you with the details other than to say I have decided to focus my pilot study on English language teacher education, and find out more about how context affects a teacher's professional development. My research question is what does an English teachers think about their professional development opportunities and activities?
My hunches are multiple, but I imagine that I will find out that CPD activities are limited, and afforded by features of context. I also imagine that I will find out about people's views of outside organisations, and the work they do.


  1. Hi Ed,
    Just had a quick look at your CV - you got the year for being a teacher and activity leader in Hastings wrong. It was in 1998.
    Hope you're well.

  2. Hi, thanks. I'll amend it..who's that then? :)

  3. You're welcome.
    You probably don't remember me. I'm an old student of yours (you've probably guessed as much). Came across your blog for some reason that I don't remember at the moment. Glad to see you're doing well. /Maria

  4. wow! Amazing, thanks for looking me up. It's funny, the classes with you were 13 years ago and my first time ever teaching / trying to teach. These days I like to think that I have improved and changed quite a bit as a teacher, but yeah this career started somewhere, and it was there!! :) Good to have you along Maria.

  5. thinking about it I wonder if I have changed much. What was I like in the classroom?
    I remember giving a lesson on swearing, at the groups request! I think I learnt lots of useful international vernacular that summer!

  6. You were good in the classroom. Always had a dialogue with the students and responding to more or less silly questions or requests, such as giving a lesson in swearing. From what I've read on your blog you still seem to be that kind of teacher.