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Coaching v Mentoring: What's the Difference? And Does it Matter?

Introduction Coaching and mentoring are two terms that are often used interchangeably. They are similar but different and I think it is important to consider the differences. Sometimes it’s simply a matter of context. In football, for example, the term
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Posted Under  | coaching & mentoring

CPD: A Route from Reluctance to Engagement

Two things strike me these days as I work with teachers in schools; 1) is that CPD is high on the educational agenda again, and 2) that besides for a notable number of enthusiasts, CPD seems to make many teachers
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Posted Under  | teacher development

Reflective Practice Part 1: Developing an Open Mind

Introduction Reflective practice is the process which supports and maintains professional teaching expertise. It is an iterative process which lends itself to the professional development of all teachers, regardless of whether they are student teachers or teachers who have been
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Reflective Practice: Part 2 The Coaching Partnership

The coaching role in reflective practice You can reflect on your own, and you can reflect with others. Sometimes you want to do it by yourself, that’s only natural. But for real learning and progress to occur, it is advantageous
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Time Management or Self Management?

Time management or self-management? I imagine you know the answer to the question posed in the title already:  time management is self-management. You'll have heard the popular adage 'you can't manage time, you can only manage yourself' before now. People
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Posted Under  | leadership & management

Want to be a coach? Start by finding a coach

Want to be a coach? Start by finding a coach In order to be a great coach, or a successful coaching manager, it is best to be coached first of all. You will learn so much about yourself, and about
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The value in not giving advice

The value in not giving advice Hello managers and team leaders. I’m going to write about the importance of listening skills at work. But at the same time, I’m wondering if you’re even interested in this topic any more. Are
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Posted Under  | coaching & mentoring

Prevention is better than cure. Why leadership development is important in ELT Education

Prevention is better than cure. Why leadership development is important in ELT Education The well-known adage ‘prevention is better than cure’ is mostly associated with Health. Lately, I've found myself using this expression in relation to leadership development. When I
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Posted Under  | leadership & management

Teachers who won't engage with CPD. What can you do?

Teachers who won't engage with CPD. What can you do? Every school seems to have its share of teachers who are averse to observation feedback and continuing professional development (CPD). Trainers and managers assign negative labels to these teachers, they
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10 Tips for ELT Teacher Job Interviews

10 Tips for ELT Teacher Job Interviews I have interviewed hundreds of English language teachers in my time, especially whilst working in London. I’ve watched some people perform brilliantly in interview, whilst others have struggled to show their potential. I
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Posted Under  | career coaching

Conferences are good for professional development

Conferences are good for professional development As I reflect on how much I enjoyed this year’s IATEFL conference in Manchester, I find myself thinking about the value of conferences for professional development. I am reminded of a school training and
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Looking for a new job? – Have the right questions ready

Looking for a new job? – Have the right questions ready Your Interview Questions Are you thinking of trying to find a new job? Is it time for you to move on from your current position? Yesterday, one of my
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Posted Under  | career coaching

Can CPD change lives?

Can CPD change lives? There are so many ways to answer this question, but here’s my first 3 minutes worth on the subject! So we are talking about continuing professional development here. So let’s first ask ourselves what it actually
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Posted Under  | teacher development

Customer Service: Do you see the coffee stains?

Customer Service: Do you see the coffee stains? On the theme of customer service standards, are you and your customers looking at the same things? Do your students and clients care about the things you focus on, or are they
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Posted Under  | customer service