Gabriela Cazan

    Here is the contribution of Gabi and Nanees in group D (we couldn’t find Mary).

    Qualities of a teacher trainer

    1)      Knowledgeable: You cannot teach others what you do not know. Your trainees will definitely ask questions, so you should be able to provide answers.

    2)      Organised and effective at time management: Trainers should know exactly what they intend to do, and they should not waste trainees’ time with irrelevant points. Also, a trainer should respect the trainees’ time and not keep them longer than established because they couldn’t manage the time allotted to each activity during the workshop.

    3)      Patient: as with students, a trainer also needs to be patient with the trainees (who are teachers) because they are also people, so they need time to understand and internalise the information. In addition, we do not think a trainer should be pushy and demand everybody be active and share their ideas in public, as some teachers may be shy, less self-confident, or simply acquire new information by being silent and just observing most of the time.

    4)      Able to get his/her message across: In our experience, we have met both extremely well-prepared teachers and teacher trainers who could not make themselves understood. We think being able to make others understand is what makes the difference between a person born to teach others and the rest of the academic professionals. You can be knowledgeable, you can be a walking encyclopedia, but if you do not have the skill of getting your message across, you will not be able to be a good teacher or teacher trainer.

    5)      Entertaining, enthusiastic, funny, witty: We could say they go hand in hand. People will most certainly appreciate lively trainers who can create an enjoyable atmosphere.

    6)      Collaborative: Good trainers should know the importance of collaborating with fellow trainers to create a more fruitful learning experience for themselves and for the learners. They should be able to create and execute collaborative strategies and exercises.

    7)      Continuous Learner: A good trainer needs to be a passionate and a consistent learner. He/she should be willing to invest time and energy in reviewing, researching and experimenting.

    8)      Versatile and adaptable: Good trainers should be able to adapt and change with and in different contexts and scenarios. They should be able to create and tweak resources to meet specific needs of the trainees /learners.

    9)      Competent at digital literacies: It’s absolutely necessary for the trainers to be tech-savvy. They should be able to create opportunities, for themselves as well as the trainees, to use it productively.

    10)   Culturally aware/sensitive: This is easier said than done. To handle a multi-cultural class/course along with all the biases and stereo-types that such an environment entails, is a nurtured skill.