- When you are in the classroom, to what extent do you create a separate teacher identity?
- How different are you inside the classroom compared with outside in terms of your behaviour, how you interact etc?
- If you are a non-native speaker, do you consciously or unconsciously modify your personality and behaviour when operating in English?
- How much of any of your teacher training has covered interpersonal skills and skills that are usually associated with actor training e.g creative use of voice and voice development; breathing; developing teacher presence; the place of humour; awareness-raising of facial expression, gesture, space and movement; posture; arousing curiosity and setting up anticipation; and improvisation skills
- How important is it that your students like you as a person?
- To what extent is the teacher an actor?
Thursday, 2 September 2010
Teacher Identity Questionnaire
I've just returned from an exhausting but highly stimulating week in Portonovo, Italy for the Lend Humanism in Language Teaching conference. I gave a plenary presentation and ran a series of workshops on the importance of affect, interpersonal and performance skills for the teacher. I have discovered that these areas of teaching are considered highly important by teachers but are rarely covered in any real depth on teacher training programmes. If you would like to assist me in my research, please follow the link under Teacher and Drama Training (below right) to find the questionnaire and then email it to me (my address is on the document). Or maybe you'd just like to share some general feelings on the subject here. These are the key questions: