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.

Advancing Your Professional Learning

Advancing Your Professional Learning

Having read this chapter, you will:

  • become increasingly aware of the enquiry structure and the professional learning potential of the PLA process
  • understand how you can refocus your engagement with professional learning and assume increasing control of this learning
  • interpret and review the worked examples of teacher-learners’ use and application of this strategy to conceptualize how the process can be targeted to meet your particular learning needs
  • develop an appreciation of how your inquisitive self will continue to challenge your evolving tentative conceptual frameworks for determining your teaching role.


In this chapter, you will find an example of the enquiry-focused professional learning agenda (PLA) pro-forma. This process and the pro-forma have become a well-used way for individuals to be able to self-regulate ...

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