Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Professional Growth

This morning we had a session on Appraisal here at Shotover. The first point made was that no one likes the name Appraisal as what we are about is growth.
After watching and hearing a recap of The Race to the Pole - Amundsen and Scott - we were asked to come up with what we thought were important features that led to ones success and the others failure.
Did these features apply to us as teachers when we set goals to achieve.  Below is what the group I was working with felt were important

Features that we think that teacher's need to consider when planning their teacher enquiry into professional growth are:
* achievable milestones
* slow and steady pace
* clearly identify what you want to achieve - the goal
* enlist expert advice/guidance ie an expert in the field &/or a critical friend
* make sure you have the right resources
* reflect honestly on the way - and your reflections should relate to the goals and the process.
* listen to and act on the advice of others and what the quantitative and qualitative data and/or your observations are telling you.

Note to remember you are an individual so what works for others won't necessarily work for you. Also what works in a silo class will this work in a collaborative class.

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