For this week’s assignment I have chosen to construct my own personal learning plan. (Option 2)
I admit that my experience over the last 20 years or so has been that professional development meant going to a conference. Mostly the learning (if any) that happened wasn’t derived from the leader, but rather the other participants. This has always struck me as appropriate, but this assignment has caused me to
There are two avenues for my personal learning plan – the first and perhaps more appropriate to the two models are regarding Chemistry teaching. The second avenue is to build / join a leadership network.
As a Teacher
In last week’s post, I identified more with TPACK simply because I felt the SAMR model was more descriptive of a status rather than a means to improve. Having said that I will start with SAMR; or at least the redefinition level as it does
My first stage of development is to collate a list of the various apps that by definition reach to the upper levels. Then applying the TPACK model, I will try to bring the uppercircle into the centre to produce the synergistic overlap.
Our school has subscribed to Microsoft 365 and just as there is GoogleClassroom etc, I have found that Microsoft offers some advice as well, and having looked at it, I
As a Leader
The first quote in our weekly notes was:
“The more reflective we are, the more effective we are.”Pete Hall
For the leadership, the feels a bit different as there probably aren’t many apps or websites that have this content, so this will principally be about connecting to a variety of blogs and twitter feeds. I already have created a blog site (education.lumsdenweb.com) in advance of this course for this purpose, but now struggle with how to connect all of the feeds into one place so that I have as much coming in as I am re-broadcasting.
Lakowski (Laskowski , 2018) points out that Twitter is a very useful tool in building and joining an online community. I already have a twitter account but it has lain fallow for about 4 years. Stage 2 will be to reach out to some educators about the various apps and the subjects they are more likely to support.
To blog or not to blog, that is the question…
While I never subscribed to diaries, journals or now blogging, I recognise that a blog is a way of me forcing myself to reflect on my professional learning and growth, and the reflective nature of blogging will push me to assimilate ideas and build a stronger educational philosophy.
Tomlinson raises several very valid points
Teacher learning must focus on ensuring excellent learning for each student.
Expectations for learning should be clear to both leaders and teachers.
Plans should provide options about the place, time, format, and structure of the learning.
Learning should be tied closely to the classroom.
Learning should contribute directly to a teacher’s understanding of the big picture of student learning
Plans should provide options about the place, time, format, and structure of the learning.(Tomlinson, 2018)
The expectation for professional development should mirror expectations for good teaching practice. If schools are to be encouraged to work towards student-centric models with bespoke individual plans and goals, so should teacher improvement initiatives.
How can leadership professional development have the same model as classroom teacher training which is connected to classroom practice?
What opportunities are there for
Can Leadership professional learning utilize technologies other than social networking to improve practice?
- Laskowski , T. (2018). Secrets of the Edu-Twitter Influencers. Educational Leadership, 76(3), 44–58.
- Tomlinson, C. A. (2018). On to Grow On / Help Teachers Become Master Learners. Educational Leadership, 76(3), 88–89.