Wednesday, 17 September 2014

10 Qualities You Need to Be a DOS

PC Parrot wrote a list of 10 qualities necessary to head the PD (professional development) department at this post on Dave's. I think that all of these apply to those who want to become a head teacher, HD (head of department) or a DOS (director of study). Oxford TEFL has an online course for those wanting to be DOSes.
  1. Qualified teacher who holds a teaching license, a DELTA, and an MA TESOL.
  2. Qualified teacher trainer.
  3. Can accept criticism.
  4. Doesn't resort to put downs like "If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem" .. because they actually want to encourage feedback - both negative and positive.
  5. Doesn't believe that professional development is voluntary if it forms part of the teacher evaluation system.
  6. Doesn't believe that a department which invests heavily in professional development will look equally upon those who take part in the devised program and those who chose instead to pursue their own private professional development.
  7. Doesn't come to the table with the belief that teachers are lazy and do nothing but pop into class for a couple of hours a day.
  8. Doesn't believe they are a great teacher, but instead aspires to constantly improve themselves.
  9. Doesn't worry about their popularity, but is more concerned about earning the trust and respect of the teachers they will be training.
  10. Someone who allows people to question the value of what they are doing - especially when the crticism comes from people who are more qualified.

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