In November, I spent a weekend in Istanbul for my PYP Workshop Leader Training.
Why did I become one? Good question…
Since I moved to Tanzania, I have been asked to run a lot of workshops on different ICT subjects, from ICT in PYP to Digital Citizenship and Balance,etc. What I have realized all throughout my session was that actually I have never been trained to be a workshop leader. I have simply adopted what I have seen over the years of attendance to other people’s workshops and tailored my own. I have always been curious how the presenters got prepared for the workshops, what their priorities were, etc.
As I have suspected, I learned a ton of tips and tricks about presenting to a crowd, setting up and getting ready for workshops. The first thing that I have learned was to be extremely detailed and have a back up plan and a back up plan for the back up plan as well:) Differentiation, mentoring, facilitating and coaching were the words that stayed with me.
Moreover I met other educators, professionals who were also on the same boat with me. We have quickly formed a little group and started a communication channel, built a website for our resources and got to know each other well. In the near future, these people have a high potential to be my partners in crime delivering PYP workshops in our region:)
The workshop was full of hands on applications, activities and performances. I enjoyed every bit of it and learned a lot. Now I am looking forward to delivering my first assignment:)