This section will focus on your current position on the professional learning journey, and help you think about what you could do to move forward in the context of the key steps of the professional learning model.
Practitioners across Wales can access a wide range of professional learning support. Learn more from consortia managing directors and practitioners from each region in these short video clips.
In the next two activities, you will meet two very different practitioners in Wales. Their experiences and contexts will help you think about your priorities for professional learning.
Watch the interview with Anne Carhart, Headteacher of Maesteg Comprehensive School, and think about her priorities for her school.
Listen to new practitioner Elinor Williams describe a recent professional learning activity, and outline her plans for further development. Does she mention something that would be of particular interest to you?
Hopefully, the above activities have given you some ideas, and raised your awareness of where you are currently in terms of your own professional learning. To consolidate further, look at the audit in Activity 1.2.3 below, and answer the questions (they should be very quick to complete). Your responses will help you to clarify the strengths and weaknesses in your professional development, and should highlight areas that you could think about more deeply. Note that this is an exercise for your own personal reflection, and will not be retained on this system or shared. You will be able to print or save a copy for your own records.
Now consider your responses in the light of the key steps outlined in Figure 1.1.3, and think about the questions in the amended version of the diagram below (Figure 1.2.2).
If you feel you have robust answers to these questions, then you are already making good progress on your professional learning journey. If you haven’t, then you may have further to go. Irrespective of where you are now, there is always more to learn, and always more that we can do to improve outcomes for our diverse range of learners; Figure 1.2.3 provides a ‘Tube’ analogy for your learning journey as your progress through the other topics in this learning pack. The next topic, ‘Topic 2: Teachers as researchers’, will help you think more deeply about the questions you could ask about your practice, and ways in which they may be answered.