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Supporting your professional development

This step is designed specifically for teachers and other educators. Being able to assess your own development is a crucial part of professional practice. To help you gauge your current thinking about teaching and learning, we’ve created a self-audit for you to complete before you do more on the course. We also have a reflection grid to support you each week, we introduce that later on.

Self-audit task

Read these notes before you complete the self-audit task. You will need to download a copy of your responses for use later in the course.

How to approach the self-audit

  • There are no right or wrong answers.
  • Answer honestly about where you are now, not where you want to be.
  • Your answers will help you to identify what areas of practice you need to focus on the most as you progress through the course.
  • Save a copy of your responses.

At the end of the course we will ask you the same questions: you can then compare your responses and see how much progress you have made. This will also help the course team understand the impact of the course more generally.

What’s in the self-audit

The self-audit asks you to look at your regular practice using the statements below:

  1. I discuss new teaching approaches and ideas with colleagues.
  2. Before I (decide to) use a new teaching approach I investigate research and scientific evidence that justified this approach.
  3. When deciding to trial a new teaching approach I look for evidence that shows its weaknesses and shortcomings.
  4. I try out a range of teaching approaches in my classroom, to find what works for me and my students.
  5. I focus my students’ attention before I start teaching new content.
  6. I represent new concepts in different ways to support a range of learners.
  7. I use questioning to revisit content from previous lessons.
  8. I discuss with my students how learning takes place.
  9. I take steps to address where I am not confident in a topic or lack enthusiasm.
  10. As a teacher I have an important role to play in developing my students’ capacity to learn.
  11. I am confident at justifying my teaching approaches.

Feel free to discuss the statements via the comments on this step.

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  1. Access the self-audit task and complete it.
  2. At the end of the survey, click My responses.
  3. Click Download as PDF.
  4. Save the PDF where you will be able to retrieve it to review at the end of the course.

If this is your first online course from STEM Learning, watch our top tips video to make the most out of your online professional development experience.

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