The “professional development” event I was looking forward to has just been cancelled. Such a let down. The trainers needed 15 paying participants. Just 15! MELTA has about 300 members, and non-members were also invited, yet 275 Euros for three days was too much for them. Isn’t that sad?
Why won’t freelance English teachers invest in their development? This is what needs to happen:
Step 1: “tend your garden”. We don’t even have the option of being a part of “landreform”, to pick up on Tessa Woodward’s image. Now that is in fact a fine option, since (as she said) tending your own garden has more payoff.
Step 2: Share. But it doesn’t end in your own garden, see. It’s an intrinsic need, you extend your gardening network, so you have lots of active gardeners exchanging ideas on organic gardening versus great spring displays, dealing with long, cold winters and getting rid of bugs. So if private gardens have good payoff, well, sharing takes it up a level.
Step 3: Integrate. Now, I don’t think simply sharing is the end of the story, though. A freelancer needs to do quite a bit of integration and reflection, plot a course, apply and test, check back on what she’s done and how it’s gone. That’s the only way to the top of the gardening pyramid.