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Reflecting on your professional development

This week, Beverley and Alex have helped you to explore the topic of stem cells. You’ve also considered the importance of prior learning in biology when developing a teaching and learning progression, and how you might support students who struggle to make connections. You’ve seen how practicals can provide first-hand experience of this topic, considered how concept maps can help students to visualise links with other topics to promote meaningful learning.

Weekly reflection grid

Complete your reflection grid for this week.

Over the course you have addressed these learning outcomes:

  • Modify your scheme of work to incorporate a greater variety of contexts using plants.
  • Identify opportunities to challenge and address students’ misconceptions in biology.
  • Explore the use of plants for teaching key biological principles.
  • Improve your subject knowledge in plant science.
  • Collaborate with peers, educators and mentors to share and critique ideas for teaching practical science.


Now it’s time to complete your post-course self-audit task. This will act as a record of your professional development and help you to identify where you wish to go next. When completing 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 your next steps.

  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 as part of your professional development log or performance review.

If you’ve completed both your pre-course and post-course self-audits, are there any observations about your progress you’d like to share? Add to the comments below.

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Teaching Biology: Inspiring Students with Plant Science

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