Further to the CPD log post I made here http://wp.me/s2RmnE-cpd , here are the British Council stages of teaching. A couple of points:
- You don’t have to fit entirely in to one stage – in fact, you’re probably between two.
- Admitting to some of the “improvement areas” doesn’t make you a bad teacher. The whole point is that everyone can develop and improve.
- Set yourself realistic goals and sensible time limits. For example: I’ve set myself a 6 month goal of becoming an accredited teacher trainer as part of my stage 5 development.
Take a look – I think they’re really helpful.
Stage 1 Teachers
Stage 2 Teachers (1)
Stage 3 Teachers
Stage 4 Teachers
Stage 5 Teachers_0
Stage 6 Teachers
This will no doubt cause irritation. CPD logs are becoming the norm. Schools have already started using them as part of appraisal programmes and are now starting to expect teachers to have existing logs.
Obviously, if you are extremely active on the development front, this will be time-consuming. On the other hand, you’re probably the kind of person who will do it. It may give you an advantage as the industry moves to heighten its standards and differentiate between part-timers and those looking to further themselves and build a career.
The log consists of:
- Professional development courses I have attended
- Conferences / workshops I have attended
- Journal articles I have read
- Books I have read
- Internet resources I have found useful
- Thoughts and ideas from colleagues and peers
- Reflection – my thoughts and ideas on my own teaching
- Action research projects
- Talks / workshops I have given
- Papers / books I intend to write
I’m not saying that employers are going to disregard you for not having been to a conference or for not planning to write a book, but keeping an active log of your professional development could well help you.
You can find the log here: CPD Log
I’m doing mine now!