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Today was a Training Day. Earlier in the year, I was asked to become a Tutor Observer for Surrey Adult & Community Learning. At the time I was a bit unsure. Then Mum got ill and died, and life was all rather upside down for a while. But last month, when I was on a Mentor Training day, I told my boss that if the place was still available, I'd like to do it. So I suspect I will be on Observation duty starting in September.

It's not so radical a move. I've tutored the JWAAD teacher training and I've become used to observing teachers at work on that. This will be a development of those skills I already have.

And then tomorrow & Sunday it's JWAAD Assessor training & levelling. To be honest, I'm not sure how much actual Assessment training is going to be involved. I've already used the new technique assessment sheet, which is being rolled out, so may not need as much training on that, and I'm used to the whole Assessment process. But I do get an hour's one-to-one with Jo Wise, so that will be useful and interesting. I shall be traipsing up to Tring tomorrow lunchtime, and staying on to Partay (hmmm, should I take a costume & cd, and perform? I might just do that, in the spirit of Project Put Myself About), but I don't have a room booked, so will need to drive home and back again on Sunday early AM.



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Aug. 3rd, 2012 09:27 pm (UTC)
I have a spare bed in my room but it's a bunkbed with no bedding. if you don't mind a ladder and have a sleeping bag you could crash here.
Aug. 4th, 2012 01:43 am (UTC)
What does "levelling" mean in this context?

I found out that in tribal classes it means a level change. I may have laughed out loud involuntarily when I discovered this oh so important Triiiiibaaalllll "levelling" was a bog-standard level change. I may have offended the tribal teachers as a result.
Aug. 4th, 2012 10:01 am (UTC)
In this context it means that all the assessors should be assessing technique to (more or less) the same standard/level, so that if you do a JWAAD technique assessment, you'd get the same results regardless of who conducted the assessment. We do it every year, so that nobody gets out of step with the general standard of assessment. It's important, to maintain the validity of the JWAAD qualifications. But this year, with the new, more refined Technique levels being rolled out, and with a whole load of new assessors coming onto the books, it's even more important.
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