“We are a collaborative group where I’m only a mentor who helps my students to go their way.” – Olga Ilchenko, Russia
Federal Institute of Education
As a teacher trainer, Olga Ilchenko has been working with Microsoft Innovative Educators (MIEs) and Microsoft Showcase Schools for years, always searching for the best methods for these educators and schools to apply in their classrooms. What works? As with so much we find here at Daily Edventures, there is no single silver bullet.
“It’s a mix of several different tools,” says Ilchenko. “The first rule is that teachers themselves can choose the appropriate set of tools. The second – and the main rule – is that whatever tools and methods you decide to apply during the lesson, you should always adhere to pedagogical purpose and tasks.”
What has made Ilchenko most proud is the self-assurance gained by the teachers she works with.
“When teachers I work with started to apply for teachers’ competitions without fear, I understood then our collaborative study activities prompted them out of their comfort zones and gave them the confidence to achieve more,” says Ilchenko. “Since this has happened, it’s no longer interesting for me to teach in a class where I’m a strict teacher and my adults are obedient followers. Now we are a collaborative group where I’m only a mentor who helps my students to go their way.”
Ilchenko’s advice for future educators? “[Teachers] should be learning constantly, should know digital tools (that are already natural for students), should be in courses to learn new trends in their subject field, and should share their experience with colleagues all over the world,” she says.
About Olga Ilchenko
- Educational background: I used to work at a public school as a teacher, as a high school teacher, and as manager at the state department of education. Now I’m a teacher trainer.
- Favorite Microsoft product, tool, technology: OneNote, PowerPoint with Records, Office 365 with Teams.
- What is the best advice you have ever received? I matter.
- Website I check every day: MSN
- Favorite childhood memory: I lay on the sea, waves at my back, widely outstretched hands, and look at the blue sky and hear the rustle of sand on the seabed.
- Favorite book: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley