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1 Liz Lee Richard Taunton Sixth Form College

2  Explore the reasons for professional reflection  Identify opportunities for reflection  Consider next steps


4 Reflection involves "a state of doubt, hesitation, perplexity, or mental difficulty, in which thinking originates". (Dewey, 1933)

5  The ability to reflect is the hallmark of professional practice (Schön, 1983)  Without critical reflection, teaching will remain at best uninformed, and at worst ineffective, prejudiced and constraining (Hillier, 2002)  We can question our routine, convenient, everyday practices and ask questions about what really does and doesn’t work. (Crawley, 2005) Professional development which begins in the classroom

6  Concrete Experience = DOING  Reflective Observation = REFLECTING  Abstract Conceptualisation = EVALUATING  Active Experimentation = LEARNING

7 “My lesson went well" or "My students didn't seem to understand" or "My students were so badly behaved today.“ Time to reflect…. In pairs, consider an occasion when you have said one of the above

8  Why did the lesson go so well? What did you do? How did you engage students?  What it was the students didn’t understand? Why is was hard for them to understand? How can you remedy this?  What were students doing when they were misbehaving? When and why did this happen? Sometimes we only notice the obvious, hear the loudest…reflective teaching requires a more systematic process of collecting, recording and analysing our thoughts and observations, as well as those of our students, and then going on to making changes.

9 Why start?  A response to a particular problem that has arisen with a class/student  Discover more about your own teaching strengths/weaknesses  Focus on a feature of your teaching  dealing with misbehaviours…or with students who contribute little in class The first step is to gather information about what happens in the class.

10  Peer observation  Student feedback  Recording lessons (audio/visual)  Blogging

11  Teacher diary / Blog  “The Creative Process Reflecting on my own practice has led me to consider what it is to be a creative practitioner, and the impact this might have on my learners. I’ve become PowerPoint adverse and in the last few years thought increasing about how and why the classroom activities I choose have had such a positive impact, not only results, but on the aspirations and creativity of my learners. I believe strongly in modelling positive behaviours, which includes not only working hard and resilience, but also more abstract concepts such as creativity, and the importance of play to learning – not matter how old the learner. Having undertaking some research I found a model by Pilskha, (2009) that was presented in a linear fashion, and I have reworked this to reproduce a model that I recognise in terms of trying to produce creative lessons that will foster positive learner characteristics as well as aid higher ordering skills for exams.”

12  Teacher diary / Blog  Tuesday, 5 July 2011 Newly Qualified Teacher Today marked an important milestone in my career: I have completed my NQT year and my two years with The Programme. With my portfolio signed off, my final report filed and graduation from The Programme on Friday, I can't quite believe the changes the last year has brought. To be honest, I can't bring myself to read previous blogs. Last year I was miserable but on the mend. I didn't enjoy teaching and I couldn't see myself going back to teaching in September. I'd survived the hardest year of my life, both personally and professionally, and felt knocked down time and time again. Now - well, what a change. This year has seen my career metamorphose from a caterpillar of shit into, not quite a beautiful butterfly but, at least a majestic moth. Yes, school is hard. Teaching is hard. Whoever tells you differently has either never done it or never worked with students who don't want to learn, in an institution with high standards.

13  Reflection forms crucial part of CPD  Ensures you are actively involved in your development  Passive observation no longer an option

14 Exam board training Curriculu m support group meetings Moodle/IT training Formal training Work Shadowing Online learning (includes forums) Watching videos/TV programmes Reading articles Attending conferences Teaching others how to use ILT What counts as CPD? Peer observat ion EQR training Action researc h Become a subject learning coach Become an examiner Job swap Chairing meetings Teachm eet

15 1. Assess  What do I want to achieve?  What do I need to learn? (Link to lesson obs/appraisal)  How will I learn it? 2. Plan  What activities will help me achieve my aim?  Where can I access these activities?  What preparation do I need to have completed? AssessPlanReflectLog

16  Ask Geoff!  and-resources/ask-geoff/geoffs- answers/keeping-noise-levels-down and-resources/ask-geoff/geoffs- answers/keeping-noise-levels-down  TED Talks  ience_teachers_make_it_fun.html ience_teachers_make_it_fun.html  Teachmeet  349/FrontPage 349/FrontPage

17 3. Reflect (GROW)  Goals – what do I want to achieve?  Reality – What do I need? Why haven’t I done it before?  Options – what are the possibilities? Can others offer suggestions?  Will - how will I apply it in practice? 4. Log - should contain answers to the following:  What professional development activities have I undertaken this year?  Have I reflected on the learning have gained from these activities?  Have the activities and the reflection made a difference to how I teach?  Can I show evidence of what the difference is and the impact it has made to learners, colleagues or the organisation in which I work?

18 DateName of activity Why was this activity carried out? What was learned? How will learning be used? Further action needed? 28 & 29.1.13 Peer Review of partner college To assess quality processes and offer feedback to SMT Planning cross college assessments; alternatives methods of presenting college data To improve my own planning techniques; to improve practices in my own college Just need to do it! Feb –May 2013 Ofsted training (in house) To increase awareness of Ofsted requirements and so be able to prepare optimally for next inspection More effective use of ProAchieve for analysis of data; importance of explicit judgements; need for honestly in reflection of own practice and results To write course reviews and SAR more effectively Continued analysis of data via ProAchieve to ensure competent use 28.2.13 Brief Interventions (alcohol awareness training) To improve recognition of signs of alcohol use in students and gain strategies to discuss alcohol related issues with students. Important of non- judgemental approach when counselling students. Importance of addressing the issue rather than ignoring it. Has been used many times during lesson (esp H & SC) when students talk about their plans for the weekend/drinking habits; also applies to drug use. Keep up to date with new drinks/drugs students 22.3.13New strategies in T & L College Inset gain aimed at introducing strategies used by schools to improve T & L Building learning Power, Guided Learning; Lazy Teacher etc workshops where methods for more effective differentiation and building students’ resilience and independence discussed Used ideas from Building Learning Power already in lessons in helping students to find out for them selves rather than rely on me for answer when researching. Planning to use Guided learning more explicitly.

19  Discuss with your mentor  Discuss with your line manager (as part of appraisal)  Plan your future  Reflect on your practice


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