Hi Juliet and All
Returning to the discussion on Awareness. I would say then that I think
awareness is essential for development - but that I think reflecting on
experience is the necessary step before awareness.
My ideas resonate with Juliet idea of "experience and confidence", as I
see learning as being most effective when is has a strong base in self-
I consider that my strong base in self- confidence relates to Julian
Edges's idea "the best way we do teach is the way we teach now" which
concerns a level of self acceptance from which we dare to reflect self
-critically on our own behaviour.
Now we get back to the point of how do we achieve this strong base of
self-confidence: I think that in our teacher development/ teacher
training courses we need a strand of "Emotional Intelligence". I think
the problem in the past has been that many see the affective side as
being an extra - a bit soft. But I believe that in the business world
there is now recognition that strong intrapersonal as well as
interpersonal skills are extremely important to foster dynamic, creative
What I think would be exciting is to design an "Emotional Intelligence"
strand for TE. I think confidence - building techniques are very
important and many other issues, like knowing one's strengths and
weaknesses, motivating oneself and others, dealing with stress, keeping
focus and concentration in stressful times, team building, dealing with
conflict (colleagues and learners), recognising and dealing with
resistance in oneself and others. These are all issues we are confronted
with in our work - surely through consciousness raising we can become
better in dealing with them? But instead of dealing with them in a
hapsnap way I would suggest that there be a more structured curriculum
From: Juliet du Mont [mailto:julietdumont@...
Sent: 21 January 2005 23:34
Subject: RE: [TDSIG] Awareness is the first step towards development?
Hi Jenny and All -
I´ve been mulling your question for a couple of days Jenny. Yes, I
inevitably that centredness as a person must reflect in one´s teaching
How to somehow formalize training in this area is a tricky one.
since much of becoming centred has to do with experience and the
born of this, perhaps this is something that could be approached
tangentially through training specifically aimed at building confidence?
At the risk of grinding my own axe - using movement/theatre skills as a
of the confidence-building techniques necessary in learning to function
another language - I would suggest that these techniques should not be
neglected in any training aimed at developing centredness in TD!