This is the first question in the long list I offered in my last blog entry.

I have met ‘teacher trainers’ who are called or who call themselves: teacher educators, inspectors, mentors, senior teachers, experts, academic directors, coaches, master teachers, supervisors, lead teachers, co-operating teachers and curriculum leaders! And many more that are even more exotic! ‘FIFO’ for example! Each name has a different connotation, I think. Some sound very academic, some sound helpful and others sound more authoritarian and judgmental. And, in turn, they each suggest different names for the teachers they work with. So a ‘mentor’ needs a ‘mentee’ and a ‘senior teacher’ needs a ‘junior teacher’, I suppose! In my job at college, I am called a Professional Development Co-ordinator. It’s a bit of a mouthful but is a title I can live with since it doesn’t suggest that I DO anything TO anybody!

Which of the labels do you prefer? Which works in your context? What implications are there to the one you have chosen or that you are stuck with?

And what do all these people, no matter what they are called, have in common?


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Dear Tessaji It is not only with Guru ( that is, a teacher) that the suffix 'ji' is added in India. As you must have noticed, it can go with any name that you would say/write showing 'respect'. It is mainly used in Hindi, but other language speakers in India have also now accepted it.Further, not only in covering letters that we would avoid to use the person's first name, but in many other social contexts. A married Indian woman would not utter her husband's name easily. Of course, things are changing very fast now. The young generation doesn't find any problem with this now.The Trainer has to bear in mind all this while interacting with the trainees. Even while interacting with each other in the presence of trainees, trainers have to be careful.By the way, Priyamvada is a feminine name. I am sure she would expect you to address her as Respected Ma'am! Right Priyamvada ma'am?RegardsHarsh 

Dear Ma'am,This is Priyamvada ( Ma'am and not sir). But you can comfortably call me by my first name.Today it is the biggest festival in India i.e. Diwali, busy with that. In a day or two would reply on that "ji" thing.As for now on Diwali we wish everybody peace, prosperity and success in life.Wishing you the same. Regards,Priyamvada

I'm very young and a new comer so spare me from that heavy "Respected" .................just Priyamvada or Dear Priyamvada would be perfectly acceptable.
Ya , there doesn't seem any other possible reason other than respect as to why JI is added after GURU ji, PITA JI   ( for father ) MATA JI ( for mother ). 
Cheers and best wishes,

Dear Harshji!
Oh it sounds so nice this "ji"!
Thanks for all your thoughts.
Oh my goodness I must get back to Priyamvada IMMEDIATELY with an apology for calling her "Sir!"
How silly of me!
Thanks Harsh!
All the best

Dear Priyamvada,
If your lovely festival (of lights?) is not over by now, please have a great time and thank you for the wishes
Looking forward to learning the meaningof "ji" when you have time. (No hurry!)
All the best

Hello again Priyamvada!
Thanks for the "Ji".
So it means "Respect!". I guess it is an old term? Funny.....the word "Respect" itself has been used over the last few years in the black and the young communities over here to mean that you admire what someone has done. So I heard it at a concert of an a capella singing group called "Black Voices" in the following context.
A: Our sister Jay has beeen working with learning disabled children this week!
B: Respect!
Same desire to express admiration. Two different ways of saying it!
All the best

Hello everyone,I read the post and got really interested in it. That's why I decided to comment.Here in Brazil, the term 'trainer' is not always welcome. The reason for that is that this word is usually associated to those professionals who train animals [dogs, horses, etc]. Although I myself was not always confortable with the title 'Teacher Trainer', I had to make use of it.Recently, I have come up with a different one and I'm sure that it's being better accepeted than 'Teacher Trainer'. the title is 'Consultant on Teachers' Professional Development'. I know this sound quite weird, but to be honest with you all I don't feel comfortable at all with the 'trainer' tag.What do you think about that!? Are we Brazilians crazy somehow!?:D 

Dear 'Denilso'!
Thanks for your message and for joining in on the discussion.
I have no idea if Brazilians are crazy or not :)) but certainly you are not crazy for picking a  job title that you can live with!
I agree that 'Trainer' can have all sorts of connotations to do with lion taming and teaching dogs tricks etc. And I agree with you that sometimes the alternatives can be a bit wordy and pretentious...but, as someone whose own job title is "Professional Development Co-ordinator", I am not about to demur at your title of 'Consultant on Teachers' Professional Development'! Do you shorten it to COTPD sometimes? !
All the best!