Being a successful teacher means constantly examining your own development to identify blind spots and ensure you engage on a meaningful level with teaching and learning. This book discusses theoretical and conceptual ideas, linked to direct strategies for the classroom, that guide students towards becoming proactive and effective learners, giving them the confidence to take charge of their professional future in teaching. Built around a series of ‘contributing ideas’, this book includes a conceptual framework for critically analysing and thinking about the teaching and learning environment. Examples throughout explore how to make the most of professional learning opportunities so students can take personal control of their learning, through self-regulation and self-monitoring. Strategies for making practical use of these ideas for classroom planning and preparation for learning are also included.

Your Professional Learning Consciousness

Your Professional Learning Consciousness

Your Professional Learning Consciousness

Having read this chapter, you will have an understanding of how:

  • differing contexts you encounter can provide for your knowledge and learning about teaching
  • your talk about teaching tells a story – developing a theoretical and practical language of enquiry and interpretation
  • you can generate change in yourself through enquiry and self-observation
  • to use scaffolding to manage your own tailored learning
  • this lift in your cognitive and affective functioning supports you to generate your own responses to teaching and learning challenges
  • you can transform your learning though a pattern of awareness, theorizing and interpretation.

The most important feature of this chapter is the individual focus on your learning to teach and why and how you can become a self-observing, self-regulating, enquiring, outstanding professional. Let ...

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