I wouldn't do what I do if it hadn't been for two outstanding educationalists: Barbara MacKeke (Primary Education) and Joseph Rayner (Senior Education). They showed me, without a shadow of a doubt, that being a Teacher was a vocation and certainly not just a job. Their belief in my potential, wrapped in empowering language, imagination, and humour transformed my self-image. This enabled my confidence to grow alongside my confidence. For this reason, I have been dedicated to sharing the importance of Teaching as a vocation with everyone whose life I am privileged to touch.
I Wish I'd Known All This When I Was Twelve...
The following information relates to the in-school, in-college, and in-university Teacher-Training I provide, but I'd have to say that it would be well worth your time checking out the "In House Programmes" tab. This is because all the programmes Entertrainment offers contain attitudes and skills and knowledge that I wish I'd known when I was 12 years old. They are life-skills that set individuals up for success - success in their studies, success in their relationships, success in their integration into the teams in which they live, work, and play.
Recipes for Academic Success
This Mind Map offers an overview of all the programmes I run in school for Staff Development Days. The vast majority of programmes can then be rolled out to the students as part of an ongoing preparation for the world of work and further study. If you click on the map, you can download a high quality PDF version.
I like to visit and explain this content with a representative of your school, but if time is short or you would like to know more sooner, you can also download a PDF explaining the content of this map.
The Teacher Development Training + Coaching System
Our Teacher Development programme mirrors the proven process we've used with Trainer Development. The difference lays with the target audience. Teachers of various Year Groups will clearly have an approach adjusted to their students' unique requirements. The basics of lesson design, however, remain the same. Joe Rayner (Sondes Place Secondary - now called 'The Priory', Dorking) and Barbara MacKeke (at what was Goodwyns Middle School, North Holmwood) were two outsanding teachers who made a difference to so many of us when we were children. As a result, this programme is dedicated to them both as Inspirational Teachers whose excellence we do well to model.
Here's the ideal way it's done...
The process shown in the graphic may be simplified as a sandwich! Fundamentally, you elect to become an accredited 'Accelerated Teaching Designer' and/or an accredited 'Accelerated Teaching Deliverer'. Having made this decision, you carry out a Benefits Analysis of your institution's* learning and development needs (*henceforth "Learning Organisation"). The idea is that you build your own skills and confidence in Accelerated Teaching whilst developing and/or delivering a programme that applies Accelerated Learning in the school or college. If the Benefits Analysis identifies one of our existing AL Programmes (see the green examples on the graphic), the process is faster. You simply attend a programme as a full participant, you then co-present a programme, finally sole-presenting an assessed programme - and, provided you've done your homework agreed in our 1-to-1 Coaching Sessions, you get signed off as successfully accredited. Your progress is then monitored from that point onwards for the duration of any licensing agreement between us. This is a tried and tested process, guaranteed to boost your confidence alongside building your skills-set, and, furthermore, all our programmes will help your institution function more effectively.
As a common example, most Benefits Analyses of Schools and Colleges highlight "Speed Reading" as a perceived need in all Learning Organisations. You may thus decide to become accredited to deliver our "Speed Reading" programme in-college/school, and alongside this you can build all the evidence required to become accredited in "Accelerated Teaching". Many Learning Organisations find that their research actually highlights a need for various aspects of what we call our "Productivity Suite" - Neuro-Associative Mapping for organising, planning and presenting; Speed Reading; Touch Typing for productivity and health; and, usually, some form of Time Management programme. Since you can choose more than one option, it makes sense for any Learning Organisation to build a complete curriculum for professional development, allowing the designated teachers to achieve their accreditation as a by-product of helping the whole school or college become more effective.
In practice no two programmes have run the same in schools so please contact me directly to discuss how your school or college would like to benefit from Accelerated Teaching.
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Mind Maps were originally called "Memory Maps" because their architecture is build upon mnemonic principles. This makes them ideal for lesson planning, but also for lesson review and for helping your students deliver their best in coursework and exams.