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teacherfeedback.org is a website aimed at teacher trainers. It was created by Jo Gakonga, an experienced teacher and teacher trainer, who also has an excellent youtube channel with videos for students training to be teachers, such as CELTA students.

I have found teacherfeedback.org to be very useful for my professional development as a CELTA trainer. There are many interesting and informative videos in the blog section of the site which has helped me to reflect on my practice and to try different approaches to training.

I was particularly inspired by the use of HipChat during teaching practice to encourage trainees to share their ideas and comments with each other. Unfortunately HipChat has been discontinued, but I am keen to look for an alternative platform to try in the future.

Another site that I have found to be invaluable is Sandy Millin’s blog. I found an article by Amy Blanchard called ‘TP Interrupted‘ particularly interesting. This article followed Amy’s talk at IH AMT in 2019 on the pros and cons of intervening as a trainer during TP. This was something that I had never experienced back in the day as a CELTA trainee or when shadowing trainers as a trainer in training. Amy makes a very strong case for the benefits of intervening during teaching practice, with some strong caveats.

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spicytoothadmin • June 25, 2019

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