The Teaching and Learning Cycle
For teaching and learning to be effective, all stages of the teaching and learning cycle must be given care and attention and the relevant roles and responsibilities assigned to each stage must be carried out, within necessary boundaries. The cycle has 5 stages – Identifying needs, planning learning, enabling learning, assessing learning and quality assurance and evaluation.
Our volunteers all fill out a confidential application form identifying any individual needs and any challenges to learning that they may face. As an organisation we will read these forms and then meet with each individual at a mutually convenient time to carry out an initial assessment. One of the boundaries that we are always sure to abide by is keeping all learner/volunteer information confidential unless permission has been given to disclose it. The information that we gain from the initial assessment will then inform us as to any adaptations that we may need to make to the way in which we deliver our curriculum, the way in which we lay the room out, and the materials that we use. This is done to ensure an inclusive environment, where all learners will be able to reach their full potential and to ensure that we are working to promote equal opportunities and diversity. Part of the information from the initial assessment will help me to determine what level of accreditation the learner is capable of aiming for and whether or not the course is appropriate for them. I have a responsibility to refer learners on to other people or agencies should they need extra support with their studies or if I feel that the course is not appropriate for them. The initial assessment is also plays a vital role in ensuring that the learner knows what is expected of them, it allows learning styles to be identified and can involve and engage the learners, allowing them to play a part in negotiating what level they think they should be studying at. We carry out a CRB check on all volunteers before they are able to start with us, as we are responsible for ensuring the safety of our families.
Before we embark upon a new training course part of my role is to converse with the other teachers to arrange the practicalities of the course, such as the dates, times, and venues for each session. We discuss course content, and plan in detail how the outcomes, aims and objectives can be covered within an appropriate time frame using appropriate learning resources and activities. We will collectively produce a standardised scheme of work for the 10-week course and individual session plans for each week. As a tutor I am responsible for any updates that are needed to cater for changes in syllabus or qualification specifications. Individual learner needs identified in the initial assessment are taken on board in the planning stage and sessions are adjusted accordingly. Within this planning stage there are certain boundaries that...