|Teacher Training: a Reference Manual (Peace Corps, 1986, 176 p.)|
|Chapter 1 what a teacher trainer needs to know|
|Final considerations for the trainer|
Now that you are familiar with each of the skill areas presented in this chapter, it is time for you to step back and look at how you can fulfill your role as a teacher trainer. Your ability to understand the relationship between these areas and develop and use the skills associated with each will determine your level of success as a teacher trainer. Each time you design a training program or conduct a needs assessment, you will have to reconsider the information presented in this chapter, reevaluate what you know and need to know, and work on gathering the skills and information you need to carry out a successful training program.
As your training program commences, you have will have a better opportunity to collect first-hand information about your participants as individuals, and take a more in-depth look at their training needs. With everyone present at the training site you will be better able to explore the subtleties of each individual personality and the perceptions that will influence how they react in both the training and classroom environments. As a starting point, try to determine the answers to these questions:
° What are their perceptions of what makes a good teacher in their society?
° When and why did they decide to go into teaching?
° What do they see as the advantages and disadvantages of teaching as a career?
° How do they feel about: - a teacher's status in the community? - their pay? - their workload?
You may not be able to change their situations, but attitudes and motivations are an important feature of teacher performance. If you are to help teachers develop and sustain positive and constructive attitudes, you must know what their attitudes are and what has influenced them.
The next chapter of this manual is meant to be a resource to you, as a teacher trainer. It will provide an overview of topics critical to the performance of any teacher. You should re-familiarize yourself with these topics, adapt them to your host country context, and use them in the training programs you design for teachers.