Becoming a Better Teacher: Exploring Professional Development

FutureLearn Becoming a Better Teacher: Exploring Professional Development

Platform
FutureLearn
Provider
British Council
Effort
3 hours/week
Length
6 weeks
Language
English
Credentials
Paid Certificate Available
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Overview
Improve your teaching skills by exploring professional development
Keeping up professional development as a teacher can be hard to fit into a busy timetable. It doesn’t need to be. This online course, broken into simple steps, will help you develop your reflective skills and improve your practice in the classroom.

Join a community of others working in education, share your experiences and grow as a teacher. This is professional development designed to help you respond to your needs and is accessible to everyone whatever level of resource is available in their setting.

This course has been especially designed for the needs of teachers in India and similar contexts, particularly those teaching in English or who teach English as a subject. However, it is also relevant for teachers around the world and those who teach subjects other than English.

What topics will you cover?
  • Understanding continuing professional development
  • Areas for professional development
  • The challenges and solutions of professional development
  • Defining and explaining reflective practice
  • Understanding and using Kolb’s cycle as a reflective tool
  • Considering peer observations as a means of professional development
  • Learning through and from classroom observation and peer feedback
  • Understanding what communities of practices are and why they are important
  • Exploring a range of online communities of practice
  • Building the necessary skills for interacting in communities of practice
  • Refining the skills to observe your own classroom
  • Exploring the Spiral of Inquiry as a tool for improving classroom practice
  • Understanding the importance of being a lifelong learner
  • Creating your own iterative professional development plan

Taught by
Deepali Dharmaraj and Adi Rajan
Author
FutureLearn
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