Online course

Becoming a Better Teacher: Exploring Professional Development

Grow your skills as a teacher and learn more about professional development for teachers with this online course.

Becoming a Better Teacher: Exploring Professional Development

Improve your teaching skills by exploring professional development

Keeping up professional development as a teacher can be hard to fit into a busy timetable. It doesn’t need to be. This online course, broken into simple steps, will help you develop your reflective skills and improve your practice in the classroom.

Join a community of others working in education, share your experiences and grow as a teacher. This is professional development designed to help you respond to your needs and is accessible to everyone whatever level of resource is available in their setting.

What topics will you cover?

  • Understanding continuing professional development
  • Areas for professional development
  • The challenges and solutions of professional development
  • Defining and explaining reflective practice
  • Understanding and using Kolb’s cycle as a reflective tool
  • Considering peer observations as a means of professional development
  • Learning through and from classroom observation and peer feedback
  • Understanding what communities of practices are and why they are important
  • Exploring a range of online communities of practice
  • Building the necessary skills for interacting in communities of practice
  • Refining the skills to observe your own classroom
  • Exploring the Spiral of Inquiry as a tool for improving classroom practice
  • Understanding the importance of being a lifelong learner
  • Creating your own iterative professional development plan

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced
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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Reflect on your own beliefs about teaching, learning and professional development
  • Explore the characteristics of successful professional development
  • Apply a range of tools, activities and strategies to reflect on and improve learning and teaching
  • Identify aspects of your professional practice to develop
  • Collaborate with and learn from peers by engaging with communities of practice
  • Develop your own iterative professional development plan

Who is the course for?

This course has been especially designed for the needs of teachers in India and similar contexts, particularly those teaching in English or who teach English as a subject. However, it is also relevant for teachers around the world and those who teach subjects other than English.

What do people say about this course?

It was just so amazing to be part of this course, this is my first experience and I must say that as a teacher and as a learner I felt really supported. The knowledge you shared with us is so useful and challenging. Everybody taking this course was so kind and willing to share with others, thank you for all the resources and all the comments and feedback. I think now I feel even more proud of being part of a network of people who care for their learners, it makes me desire to be the best teacher I can be and keep learning to achieve it.

Maria Cordero

Who will you learn with?

Deepali Dharmaraj

Namaste! I work with the British Council on large scale teacher development projects in India in the areas of material development, training and academic project management.

Adi Rajan

I'm a teacher trainer from Mumbai, India. My areas of interest include edtech, disruptive innovation, languages, culture & humanism.

Who developed the course?

The British Council is on the ground in six continents and over 100 countries connecting the best of UK culture with a global audience and providing high-quality English language courses.

Founded in 1902, as a teacher training college in London, the IOE is now a world-class research and teaching institution.

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  • Tests to validate your learning
  • Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you're eligible
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