Becoming a certified Google trainer’s goal is to create and deliver training plans. Educators experience how Google tools can change the way they teach. Envisioning yourself as a leader. To prepare for your leadership in education you need to be reflective about your practice, be active in gaining new understandings of teaching and learning, and be a continuous learner.
Leadership qualities trainers should embody when working with educators: listen to their educators and audience. treat educators as professionals and support them as independent thinkers. Vision-setting is important. Sometimes people need to be shown what is possible and paint a picture of how to get there. Good leaders build relationships first. Establishing trust helps others feel comfortable when trying something new. Share other’s successes. We could document awesome lessons with pictures and share them in our Google+ community. It really helps model best practices and inspires innovation. The trainers and leaders in my school community visit classrooms and record videos of teachers leading small groups of students. These videos could be uploaded to the school YouTube channel so others can benefit from seeing best practices in action. Important qualities of any leader: developing a shared vision for professional development.
According to Malcolm Knowles’ Andragogy in Action, “Adult learners are motivated when they are presented with personally relevant and replicable content.” Encourage these learners to integrate expertise and previous experiences into their learning. This will increase engagement and challenge complacency.
What qualities should a trainer possess to inspire transformation? Demonstrate clear communication strategies with school leaders and teachers, Develop an understanding of community needs, and Determine incremental goals for technology integration. 2Adult learners are motivated when the content is personally relevant, honors their expertise, and builds upon their prior knowledge. It is easier to determine if a goal has been met when the goal is written with observable objectives. How might you improve your practice as a trainer: Communicating with respect, Delivering content with empathy, Building connections with your audience, and Meeting the individual needs of each person by actively listening and differentiating instruction.
As a Google for Education Certified Trainer, you have the unique opportunity to work with many stakeholder groups. Your guidance can help leaders and community members understand their role in managing change, identifying best practices, and embodying innovation every day. Start by visiting the ISTE Essential Conditions, which lays out a framework for building a shared vision in your community. You can begin collecting the voices of teachers, parents, students, administrators, board members, and community members. Gather the interests, wishes, concerns, and ideas of each group and empower them to provide input on the plan as it takes shape. Developing a shared vision requires buy-in from all stakeholders. Communication is an integral component of this process. You can communicate in a variety of ways: from emails to newsletters, to group polls. It’s important to gather a variety of voices and encourage active participation in the process.
Create a shared vision including school’s learning goals, initiatives, and collective voice?