Facilitation Skills in Education

Contributed by Hayat Hajier
BA, MEd &TESL
English Language Lecturer – Prep year
Taibah University, Yanbu Female Campus
Assistant Principal at a public school in Jordan

“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.”

Godfrey Reggio

As an English language lecturer/teacher and as an assistant principal at a school in Jordan, for about 15 years, the Teacher’s Role in the Classroom has been one of my interests. Over the years, I read a lot about this and attended several courses on the latest strategies and techniques in this field. Further, I got a MEd degree to increase and update my knowledge and views about the teaching/learning process: how people learn and retain knowledge, how to improve the opportunities of learning and how to promote education among our students. The teacher’s role -as a facilitator- attracted my attention the most because, according to my experience, some teachers don’t pay sufficient attention to this role and tend to maintain a teacher- centered class instead of having a student-centered one, which has become an important requirement for successful learning. There is a famous quote from Khalil Gibran, a Lebanese-American artist and writer, who says “The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind”.

Having the above in mind, I organized a workshop on Facilitation Skills in Education, illustrating when they are required and what they are required for. In this workshop, teachers were given tasks on differentiating between teaching and facilitating (roles) and on identifying how a teacher changes her/his teaching perspective according to her/his experience. At the end of the workshop, recommendations were offered for teachers on using effective techniques to facilitate teaching, and a few poor facilitation practices were displayed to be avoided.

The following are links for the presentation and the videos. I hope you will find them useful.

My presentation direct link:

http://share.snacktools.com/FDAE9CEBDC9/bh9l6mp1

 

Video links:

 

From teacher to facilitator of learning

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUXQLaKVgmM

What do facilitators do?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1q9-UE3DJgw

Engage me !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZokqjjIy77Y

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