Earlier this year, I became a trainer for English UK Professional Services, and I created my training day ‘Be the DoS you want to be‘ – a day for Directors of Studies, both new and experienced, to stop and take stock of what we do and how we do it.
In fact, it was being asked to do a training day, back in late 2012, that inspired me to start this blog.
I have now done two of these days, and really enjoyed both times. There is a lot of group and pair discussion and sharing of ideas. We reflect on and explore aspects of time management, managing others, managing change, and CPD.
The title of the day is quite aspirational, and I like this. I think it implies what is true for many teachers who become managers – that there is a kind of a journey to discover for ourselves what kind of manager we want to be, and a struggle to be able to achieve that.
And what really makes the day work well is the surprise, almost, felt by the participants that Directors of Studies can sit down and share similar problems and give each other useful little insights. DoSes tend to work so much in isolation, it is rare to have such an opportunity to meet each other…and we all know that it is good to talk.