1.1 Take note of children and young people's responses to own practise
When working with children and young people schools will require you to evaluate how each individual responds while they are in your charge. You may find that different teaching styles work better than others and that some prefer a softer approach whereas others may enjoy difficult challenges. Teachers often find that you may be able to spend more time with an individual and your feedback can be a useful source of information, for this reason it is often helpful if you keep a written track of each child or groups progress and how they reacted in each session.
1.2 Ask for constructive feedback on own practise from colleagues
For you to be able to provide the best possible education for children and young people you should always be pushing yourself to reach greater heights and by listening and taking on advice from your colleagues, assessor, head teacher to parents you will be able to continue to grow into a valuable team member and role model to your students. You could ask a colleague to observe you and give back any feedback they may have. If you decide after taking on feedback and assessing your own role that you are perhaps thinking of changing the way you approach a situation, then you may find that seeking advice on the best way to approach situations through your peers could be a useful way of gaining advice.
1.3 Take note of responses to own practise from others.
Evaluating oneself is often a difficult procedure as it means looking deep within and taking your own beliefs and actions into account. You should aim to be as professional as possible as you in essence are looking after the well-being of somebodies child. You may find that you hold different beliefs to some parents or even the school itself and it is important that you try to remain open minded when taking advice from others.
1.4 Evaluate all aspects of own practise.
A pupil’s development and learning will be directly related to the experience and ability of their school and teachers. It is a teachers own responsibilities to try and improve their own practise and there are many different ways and opportunities available and most schools will encourage teachers to take advantage of these resources and can often fund training opportunities for staff.
2.1 Identify possible development opportunities relevant to improving own practises.
You should always be striving to improve your practise; schools will often have connections with different organisations that provide training schemes that will help you improve your practise. However there all lots of different ways of improving your practise, you may find that during your first years that you will be assigned an experienced member of staff who will be able to guide you and give you feedback. Teachers can also use the internet as a source of training, and there are many teaching coaches both online and available for group sessions in a more conventional classroom environment. You can also use the internet to take advantage of open and distant courses, which can be taken at one’s own pace should you find that time is difficult to manage.
Describe the importance of continuing professional development.
Continuing your professional development is key to progressing in your career and ensuring that you don't get stuck in a rut and lose interest, students will pick up on this so keeping things fresh is vital. Keeping a track of your development and qualifications you have achieved will ensure that your record is kept up to date as this will help should you look to progress in your career.
Work with an appropriate person to identify own strengths and areas where practise could improve, plan ways in which practise could improve, identify goals and targets.
Take part in continuing professional development that is relevant to own goals and targets.
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