Writing your reflections helps you to remember something later and is a record to look back on (not least for completing assignment work). The act of writing engages our brains. To write we have to think which, in turn, will prompt us to consider topics further enabling deeper learning. To be completed after each college session and following your own research throughout the PTLLS programme. At the start of each PTLLS session you will be asked to share your reflections with other members in the group. This is an important aspect of the course.
The main points I have learned from this session / my research are: Because I did not attend session 1 I have tried to catch up with what was covered then as well as thinking about session 2. 1.Setting objectives, communicating these with learners and revisiting them at the end of a learning session to ensure that they have been met 2.The usefulness of starter activities to engage learners, to focus the mind and, if done in pairs or small groups, to get people to interact with each other and encourage team working. 3.Discovered topics covered in week 1:
a.PTLLS overview (details in course handbook)
b.The need for ice breakers
c.Promoting appropriate behaviour and respect for others
d.Identifying our own preferred learning styles (visual, auditory or kinaesthetic) using questionnaire e.The need to cover all learning styles when teaching in order to engage all learners f.The teaching / training cycle
g.The importance of reflective learning logs
h.Contributing to an evaluation
4.Creating safe and supportive learning environments by
a.Following Health and Safety guidance and legislation
b.Ensuring everyone wears ID badges
c.Being available to learners outside of lesson times
d.Establishing a relaxed learning environment
e.Dealing promptly with with any problems or issues, e.g. swearing f.Being empathetic and open
g.Providing for learners’ individual needs,...