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I was at the VET Teaching Conference held in Brisbane during May and one of the speakers sparked my interest with the question of Reform or Transform? She reminded us that our industry is seemingly always in reformation… so when will we be finished? When will we be reformed? This got me thinking. As practitioners, the “reform” agenda is not one of our making. It is usually imposed by government and every 5 years or so, someone comes along and decides that their legacy activity will be to fix VET. However, we have a system which is the envy of the world.

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Recently I was approached by Teacher Magazine to write an article around how to motivate teachers during Professional Development and Training. The full article “All Aboard: Reluctant passengers on the training journey” will appear in their March edition. Below are some thoughts on the topic:

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Often trainers move around their space without much thought of where to move and why. Rather than this restless wandering, we should wander with purpose. We should be somewhere because we choose it, not because we want to fill the space. We should move somewhere because it adds to the message, not because we don’t know where to stand. Position and poise should be used to build impact. It is part of our non-verbal arsenal which complements the vocals and helps to attract and maintain the attention of the group.  Some things to consider…
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For decades students have been lambasted for fiddling and doodling in class. Often seen as a sign of distraction and inattention, these practices have been all but outlawed in traditional education circles. However, when used correctly, they can actually be very powerful learning tools. Some learners will need to keep something in motion throughout their interaction with the content and asking them to change is like asking them to stop breathing.
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I’ve talked before in our courses about the usefulness of learner diaries to track development and identify key milestones in knowledge acquisition. However, there are some great benefits in trainers using dairies as part of their own self-review. A trainer diary can help you to reflect on what happens in the classroom. It can act as a snap-shot in time, which reminds you of what you have done. It also provides a means of recording key behaviours and reactions of students as they happen.

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I am a big fan of US online retailer Zappos. Founded in 1999 with the goal of becoming the premier destination for online shoes, they have moved well beyond this point both in terms of product offerings and corporate stature. Through their innovative business practices, great customer focus and unique employee engagment methods (they were named as one of America's top 100 companies to work for according to Fortune Magazine in 2009) Zappos now occupy the position of one of the key companies to watch when it comes to developing best practice learning organisations.

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