Presenting: today we learned that to present is to teach: to enrich knowledge, skills or attitudes. Presenters do this in many ways: lecture, study groups and so on.
Coaching: helping someone to take action towards his or her goals. Through using various tools (pausing, paraphrasing and questioning), a coach will promote self-directed learning.
Facilitating: quite literally this means making something easier. Facilitators are usually found in meetings where the purpose may be to dialogue in order to understand everyone's viewpoints, or in discussion with a view to making decisions. The facilitator is the director of the meeting, and is not usually the person in the group with the greatest knowledge. The difference between a presenter and a facilitator is that a presenter is a teacher, whereas a facilitator is a servant of the group.
Consulting: is sharing or delivering knowledge, content or processes - the idea of a consultant is to influence others. Consultants and presenters are both experts in their fields and generally a person will be a consultant first and a presenter second.
What was important to take away from today's sessions were that all hats are needed to work together for the improvement in student learning. In most schools these hats are worn by the leadership team and those responsible for professional development - all of them need to wear all of the hats.
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