Standard 6: Engage in professional learning and reflection
2016 - 2018 Application
Successful teachers are those that can manage a diverse classroom, have sound professional knowledge and whose practice and thirst for knowledge is never stagnant. As a leading teacher I am committed to my own learning, learning to teach and educating my colleagues.
On a regular basis (every Monday) I facilitate professional learning sessions for teachers on topics ranging from; ‘Developing effective 21st Century Skills’, ‘How to use and find resources on the Internet’ and ‘How to Promote Reflective practices within your class’. These sessions primarily focus on the use of technology but it is through the use of technology that I can influence content delivery, learning intentions and assessment and reporting outcomes. More recently I have been of paramount importance to the structure and delivery of professional development sessions which focus on Continuous Reporting practices.
As the Head of eLearning I work very closely with Pre-Service and Graduate teachers to ensure that opportunities to engage with current research and analysis of best practice are available. I have also created a ClassE Organisation which focus on providing staff with ideas of how to implement best practice into their classrooms.
My own personal professional development happens at any time of the day or night – on any day of the week. The amount I learn each day exhausts me!
These are just a few of the resources that keep me on my toes!
1. Twitter (@ky_maree) – Professional Learning Network with other teachers around the world to share ideas, give and receive advice.
2. Read blogs by educators for educators! (Or write your own: My Journey to Microsoft HQ)
3. Listen to podcasts
4. Watch videos on YouTube
I always strive to strengthen my own teaching by; critically examine my own practice, seeking to expand my repertoire, deepening my knowledge, sharpening my judegment and adapting my teaching to new findings, ideas and theories.
"Who dares to teach must never cease to learn"
John Cotton Dana