I decided to take a chance and be part of the 5 teaching Challenges. The challenges explore a key area of teaching in five simple steps. Each step takes just 1–2 hours to complete. Each week, they’ll email you a new step, with links to all the videos, articles and resources you need to complete it. You can do as many Challenges as you like, and in any order and they will send you a Record of Achievement when you finish all five steps of your Challenge which can be added to your professional development portfolio.
I chose “Create a professional development plan that works for you” to be my first challenge
The challenge starts with you watching this video
The video focuses on this five characteristics that teacher need to have
- ability to motivate students
- good knowledge about techniques and activities
- good knowledge of the language
- love for teaching
- awareness of one’s onw strengths and weaknesses and desire to improve
The cambridge English teaching framework helps you recognizing your own strenghts and weaknesses by answering a few questions and let you know whether you think you are at Foundation, Developing, Proficient or Expert stage in every one of the five teaching characteristics mentioned above or you can create an account and use the Cambridge English Teacher Development Tracker to create your professional development profile and to see where you are in your professional development.
Week #2 – The Cycle of Professional Development
Watch this video to undertand the cycle of professional development
The next step is planning your goals , you might take a look at the document by clicking here .
Week #3 : Finding balance, then staying interested: the importance of continuous professional development
If you wanna read more about finding balance and the pursuit of continuous professional development , click here
Beside the ideas that you can find in the PDF file . this section encourages to create a blog and read other teacher’s blog
The following video highlight the importance of webinars
Week#4 : Action Research and Peer Observation
This step is about research you can carry out on your classroom practice. This is another professional development option that you can include in your professional development plan
Read about these different ways of carrying out research and different ideas for peer observation.
- Action research for busy language teachers
- Doing peer observation as part of teacher research
- Reflecting on classroom practices
Week #5 : Continuing Professional Development
The final step is to use this information to complete your professional development plan.You’re going to watch a presentation about barriers to Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Before you watch, list some difficulties you think teachers have with professional development in your learning journal
Do you experience any of these barriers? What can you do about them? Are there some development activities you won’t be able to do because of these barriers? What type of activity will work best for you? Make notes in your learning journal.
Read this article about how to prepare your professional development plan and complete the tasks.