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IATEFL Conference Glasgow 2017 Opening Plenary session by Gabriel Diaz Maggioli

Having enjoyed the opening of IATEFL Glasgow 2017, I finally ironed out the wrinkles in getting the video links to work (thanks to the IATEFL support team) the next step now is to share with my readers. Below is the video of the opening day plenary by Gabriel Diaz Maggioli  – intro and details copied from the IATEFL Online website.
Presenter(s): Gabriel Diaz Maggioli

Session details: Plenary session by Gabriel Diaz Maggioli

Gabriel Diaz Maggioli is a teacher who applies the lessons learned in the classroom to his roles as writer, researcher, administrator and teacher educator. He got his BA in TESOL in Uruguay and completed Master’s and Doctoral work at the University of Bath in the UK. He has acted as consultant for international organizations such as UNICEF, UNESCO, the European Union, the Inter-American Development Bank, the US Department of State and the World Bank. A frequent presenter at local and international conferences, Gabriel has shared his theory-in-practice with colleagues in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and East Asia. He currently lives in Uruguay where he is tenured professor of TESOL Methods at the National Teacher Education College.

Empowering teachers through continued professional development: frameworks, practices and promises

The notion that language teachers need ongoing professional development opportunities should be considered a harmless platitude. Yet, as the field stands now, most of our colleagues are not provided with such opportunities as parts of their jobs. How is it then that we hear so many wonderful tales of exploration and discovery? Teachers have taken upon themselves to build these growth opportunities. In this plenary I will share some stories, and weave the plots of new stories to come by presenting a “state of the art” hawk eye view of professional development and recommending potential ways in which colleagues can help colleagues learn and develop.


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IATEFL Conference Opening Plenary Speaker: Gabriel Diaz Maggioli

The Conference is underway officially after the opening plenary by Gabriel Diaz Maggioli. He spoke about the importance of professional development (PD) for Teachers, as a general and ongoing practice. In a nutshell Gabriel asks us Teachers to ensure and push for sustainable PD by assessing our requirements, creating opportunities to learn within our own teaching circles, to reach out to the institutional admins where we work for funding. He also points out not to start out too big but to start small, creating a small opportune situation to increment our own PD – then the next very important step is to document the whole process. The documenting is also the ‘ticket’ to future sustainability of further programs to be implemented. He noted that if the admins were to invest in the continuing PD of their Teachers it would ultimately be to their benefit, by ensuring Teachers are better equipped to deal with new and updated learning strategies.

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One other important point that I found very interesting was how he categorizes the Teacher’s choice framework into four quadrants … the Updated Knowledge; the Aware; the Unaware and the outdated knowledge. See image below taken from his 2004 Research work available here.

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Take a moment to listen to Kirsteen Donaghy interview the opening plenary speaker Gabriel Diaz Maggioli

I’m off to listen to the next interview!

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