‘Continuing Personal and Professional Development’

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‘Continuing Personal and Professional Development’

By Stefan Goodheir

Tutor: Audrey Morrison

Course:Diploma in Teaching in the Life Long Learning Sector.

Unit:005 Continuing Personal and Professional Development

Date:26/11/09

Word count:2500

Front Page…………..…………………………………………1

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Task 2….………………………………………………………6

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Task 3……………………………………………………………8

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Bibliography……………………………………………………11

Appendix A………………………….. Peer Observation Records

Appendix B…………… Student Feedback ‘Conversation Records’

Appendix C.… In house Continued Professional Development Record

Appendix D …………….………… PDP Personal Development Plan

Appendix E ………………..……………………. Curriculum Vitae

Appendix F ………………………….… Reflective Learning Journal

I am increasingly aware of the responsibility that comes with a job in teaching. My conscious and unconscious action may have important long term effects for the young people I teach. Many of my students are impressionable or have been turned off education by unprofessional teaching. It is important to me that I relate to the people in my class whilst remaining professional. I am a Personal Tutor to twenty students. This involves advising my learners in various areas. Life skills, future career prospects, personal matters and, of course, the subject I teach. I believe myself to be a fair and unprejudiced person but I have welcomed the opportunity to ratify this with Equality and Diversity and Personal tutor training (see Appendix C).

My own history in Construction work is as a tradesman on site and in running my own company. This means I am aware of the ’rough and ready’ reality of the building site environment and the need for the appropriate attitude for a self employed professional. If you want to get taken seriously by private customers then you must project a polite, trustworthy, confident and competent persona. Adopting this attitude in class is the best way to install it in my learners. I have found this difficult at times under pressure from sometimes uncooperative or disruptive students. Conflict management has been an issue in the past. Improvements have come through training and being well prepared for my lessons and with gaining confidence through experience. I am keen to learn as many different approaches to delivery as possible. This is an armory in the most positive sense.

In relation to the Minimum Core needs of my position: In a previous incarnation I have worked in ICT and am qualified to degree level in this area. I have an O’ Level in Maths but did not do well in English at school. This will be an issue when it comes to getting my Qualified Teacher Status and I will have to get an English keyskills qualification by the end of this year.

From the feedback I have received from my peer observation and my own self reflection I have realized that I need to make better use of existing student knowledge and curiosity. I could open up individual questions to the whole class. I could also make more use of positive reinforcement with my students. A little bit of praise goes a long way in boosting learner confidence. A also think I need to introduce more variety into the proceedings. This will need some input from my peers and perhaps further CPD in lively and effective teaching.

Improvement in practice means training. Training in the style and variety of my teaching methods and teaching in the way I handle a variety of social issues. To this end I am always pursuing Professional Development both at work and in my own time....

Bibliography: BOOKS:
Reece, Ian and Walker, Stephen (2007) Teaching, training & Learning a practical guide 6th edition
Biggs, J. (1999) Teaching for Quality Learning at University
Buckingham: SRHE and Open University Press
Petty, Geoff (2004) Teaching today third edition
Cheltenham: Nelson Thornes Ltd
Caine, R and G (2008) Making Connections: Teaching and the Human Brain
Corwin Press
Jensen, E. (1998) Super Teaching (3rd Edition),
San Diego: Brain Store
TRIPP D (1993) Critical Incidents in Teaching: Developing Professional Judgement,
London: Routledge
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