I am saying this because I am a World Languages Advocate. World Language teachers need help in their pedagogical content to help maintain their pedagogical mental wellness. Even without the pressures of a pandemic, incorporating new and innovative teaching strategies or instructional technology is difficult. An instructional technology reporter, Tate (2020) , reports that teachers will need AT LEAST 80 hours of instructional technology staff development for the upcoming 2020-2021 if classes continue online.
Who knows the cloud-based learning platform, Instructure Canvas? When I first started with Canvas I got 30 minutes of professional development! Yes, 30 minutes. Was it my fault that I floundered with Canvas for a school year? No ( I had 180 students & three course preps. It was also my first time being back in the classroom in 8 years). Was it the Tech Coordinator’s fault? No (this person was the main librarian with multiple school jobs). Was it the administrator’s fault? No (this person had an administrative job to do). The intentions for professional development are noble, but the actual implementation is always lacking. I know. I’ve been in education for over 30 years. Every person is always stretched too far to help the teacher. Teachers and World Language Coordinators, I am here to help. Allow teachers to teach, assess, and discipline while I help incorporate their new teaching strategies from Comprehensible Input, Web 2.0 games, Google extensions, collaboration apps, Multi-User Virtual Environments (MUVEs), help write a grant, or design a curriculum map. Who ultimately benefits from me helping teachers? You got it, the STUDENTS! The students are our customers. However, the teachers, the masters of World Languages, deserve all the tools they need to guide and bring forth our students onto the global scene.
Teachers, we will commiserate over the pedagogical implementations that do not go so well, correct the problems, and continue onward. We will celebrate the triumphs without being complaisant because we should always be saying about any success, “How can I make this even better?” Contact Haven to discuss fees for consulting so teachers can have a peace of mind regarding their Pedagogical Mental Wellness.
Tate,E. (2020). What Will Schools do in the Fall? https://www.edsurge.com/news/2020-05-27-what-will-schools-do-in-the-fall-here-are-4-possible-scenarios