Tuesday 8th November 2016
How do computer game designers keep improving their products? What can the training efforts of a professional sports team teach us about improving our skills? Can the wider business world help us become more efficient at getting things done?
During this talk Mike will pay a visit to some other interesting tribes and discover their secrets. So, leave the teaching behind for half an hour and see if you can find inspiration from others.
Key learning outcomes
To become aware of the importance of teaching:
- The interconnectedness between local and global issues
- A sense of belonging to a common humanity
- English as a Lingua Franca (as opposed to a Foreign Language)
About the speaker: Mike Riley
Mike joined the Teacher Professional Development team here at Macmillan Education in February. As Teacher Engagement Manager, he is involved in all of the aspects of teacher support, development and training. Prior to joining the team, Mike spent 15 years working in Italy as an English teacher, Director of Studies and finally Director at International House Milan. Although he misses the people, food and coffee that he enjoyed in Italy, he is glad to be back in his native England.
A quick Q&A with Mike Riley
What inspired and continues to inspire you to talk on the work/life balance?
Before becoming an English language teacher, I studied history. I’ve always got lots of inspiration from the lives of great men and women throughout history. I’ve found that many of the lessons they have to offer can be applied to the world of teaching English. As well as looking into the past, there are so many great stories of people doing great work in other fields too – and that’s where the inspiration for this talk came from.
What will people learn from you at the MEOC 2016?
From me? Not much! But hopefully they’ll find inspiration in the great work people are doing in other industries and areas of life. Good tips on how to get better as professionals.
Tell us about your latest/recent projects with Macmillan?
As Teacher Engagement Manager at Macmillan Education, I’m involved in all aspects of the great support we offer teachers –from the Macmillan Books for Teachers and the fabulous onestopenglish to our new partnership with NILE.
What is your top tip or piece of advice for teachers?
- Firstly, always learn the students’ names as soon as you can!
- Secondly, remember it’s all about them (your students)!