Like most of my colleagues, I enjoyed these experiences and often had a fine meal into the bargain - plus an uninterrupted lunch break. But I'd usually go back to the classroom and make limited, temporary changes to my practice. The impact on my students learning was therefore minimal.
Now that I'm the person leading the training, I want this time to be as effective as possible for you - I want you to gain the confidence, ability and resources to make real changes for your pupils - and then actually go and make them the next day, keep making them, refine them and eventually create your own. How do I do this?
Well, I too aim to entertain, inform, inspire and encourage, but our learning will be practical and hands-on: as it should be in the classroom. I'll use what I know about sustainable adult learning, together with my ongoing classroom teaching experience, to design anything from a twilight to a 2-year programme. So, as well as a nice meal and an uninterrupted lunch hour, you'll get to try out and apply lots of straightforward teaching ideas.
On longer projects I train up in-school champions who take the ideas further once my work is done. I support these champions through webinars and this website's resource library and monthly newsletter.
My approach is 'done with' not 'done to'; in the role of servant coach I'll work with you to get the very best for your learners.