You go to workshops, attend professional development days, go to conferences; you do your best to keep up with your professional reading, Twitter, LinkedIn and the rest. If you are like most of us you put a fair bit of energy into improving professionally and maybe even personally.
Is it worth it? How do you know? How can you know? The plethora of professional development workshop attendance certificates that line your wall or keep your computer screen at the right height are sufficient evidence! Aren’t they?
At mme moe, we have developed a process that shows you the value your professional learning is providing you.
The voice least heard in most ‘teacher effectiveness’ research is, ironically, the voice of the teacher. However, in the context of improvement, what you say to yourself trumps what others tell you! mme moe gives prominence to your own your voice.
Contemporary teaching requires the application of a range of skills, knowledge and mindsets across a range of competencies. This is as true for the everyday teacher as it is for those who are Montessori, IB or Reggio inspired. mme moe makes these competencies (and support for them) transparent and operational and just as importantly provides you with a way of collecting data on your own performance. Because you record progress on any or each of the competencies, you record your improvement, and then mme moe can show you the picture of your professional learning journey.
It basically answers the question "How professionally competent am I now compared to how I was at <insert date>?"
With mme moe, you can see in one easy graph the impact of your professional learning on your professional competence, and be in a position to make decisions about where to act next.
While measuring teacher effectiveness is complicated, we know that if you are more professionally competent, you will be a better teacher and your students will be getting a better learning experience - that is the point.
We also believe that it doesn’t matter, really, how good you are, there is always some improvement that can be made, and in fact really good teachers are always looking to improve, in areas of strength, not just deficit.
If you would like to talk about the mme moe approach, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
In teaching, your current skill-set is important, but your ability to learn new knowledge, skills, and behaviours is vital. As the rate of change within the education sector increases, teachers and principals are constantly required to adapt. It is clear that learning agility has to be part of their repertoire.
Learning agility is the capacity for rapid, continuous learning from experience. Managing your professional learning journey by acquiring new skills in a targeted way is fundamental to learning agility and exactly the functionality we are producing with mme moe.
Teachers and principals need to be able to systematically reflect, target their professional learning and seek feedback. mme moe’s coaching functionality provides our clients with this agency. Mme moe enables you to share elements of your learning journey with a mentor or a colleague. You can maximize your learning from their feedback.
Developing learning agility involves learning to recognize and change routines and habits. A growing body of research shows that the habit of systematically reflecting on work experiences boosts learning significantly. Teachers and principals who demonstrate and encourage reflection not only learn more themselves, they also generate, through modelling, increased awareness and reflective practice in colleagues and students.
Agile learners value the process of learning. The ability to remain open to new ways of thinking and to continuously learn new skills is vital. You can use mme moe as a springboard to become an agile learner.
Paul is the Chief Learning Coach at mme moe. mme moe is the culmination of years of experience and expertise in assisting people to get better at what they do.