Category Archives: 3. Prof. Skills & Abilities

online unit 1C

Active learning

There are many benefits that can be taken away from the practice of active learning within a classroom. Things like taking students outside to learn or having them participate in various activities within a classroom can help them to remember things more than from just sitting listening to a teacher dictate a lesson. Also through active learning students can work together on tasks which will get them speaking to new people enhancing their social skills. Through this they will learn how to work with people from different backgrounds and attitudes. Also as teachers, we can ask the children working in a group to give one another feedback or to observe one another. This way students will receive feedback on their work straight away and more often. They will also see how others learn and may find a way that suits them better and helps them in their learning. Active learning is also a great way to enhance a child’s self-confidence as it gets them speaking out and doing activities with others, compared to sitting silently in a classroom. It is also better experience for the student as they get to do activities which are enjoyable, which in the long term, will be more beneficial to their learning.

Cooperative learning

There are also many benefits that can be taken away from the practice of cooperative learning within a classroom. One thing I have noticed from being on placement is that from working as part of a group, children ‘translate’ if you like, what the teacher is saying in to a form of language that is easier for the children to understand, therefore making the task seem easier to them. From working in small groups, children learn to listen to others viewpoints, which they may have the same view, thus they are able to work together to develop on that point. Also if there is part of a task that one student does not understand and another does, they are able to work together to ensure that they both finally end up understanding both parts. Not only do students have fun learning in groups, it also motivates them as they wants their group to do well. Often teachers have targets for students working in groups, such as group point, therefore the students within each group will want to work more and they will achieve more from their learning as they have something to work towards.

online unit 1B

Recognition/ Reflection Action
What helps my learning? How can I utilise this?
Example: “Discussing the topic with others” ·         Set up a study group of like-minded peers·        Engage with the online community
 Keeping my stuff organised  Print off any notes and slides and organise them in to categorized folders
 Working with others  Organising ahead of time to meet with others and to do some work. For example, meeting in the library.
 Set times for learning  Planning my day ahead, setting reasonable times of the day to study and work.
 A target to work towards  Setting myself goals to get work/studying done
Recognition/Reflection Action
What hinders my learning?Example: “I am easily distracted” How can I address this factor?

·         Study in a place were distractions are minimal

·         Read lecture notes before the lecture and then take notes lectures to keep me focused

 I am easily persuaded to do other things  Turn all mobile devices off and make sure i cant access any social media sites during study.
 Prioritising my work  Concentrate on what i struggle with more than what i am good at
 I leave everything to the last minute  Set times to do the work, and not leave it untill the day before

online unit 1A


Skills and Abilities 1 2 3
 Self confidence               X
Manage time               X
 Listen to others               X
 Computing skills              X
 Generate new ideas              X
 Set personal goals              X
 Take risks               X
Recognition Reflection Action
Skills already developed How will I use these How do I know (evidence)**
 Listen to others  When working as part of a group, when others want to express their views and ideas  I am able to work well with others and understand and recall their views and ideas on a topic. I can reflect back on their opinions.
 Set personal goals  Setting targets for revising, exams, and work that needs to be completed.  I often set myself targets to reach when it comes to work or set a deadline for it.
 Self confidence  When it comes to presenting things, or working as part of a group  I am able to present confidently and take part in small group discussions.
 Manage time  Making sure I am always in time for classes. Separating time for socialising and studying.  I am always on time for lectures and I set myself times for studying.
 Generate new ideas Coming up with ideas as part of a group or new ways to help my own learning.  I am able to come up with new ideas when I am working in a group
 Take risks  Being willing to try new things maybe out with your own comfort zone.  I am happy to try out other people’s ideas.


Recognition Reflection Action
Skills not yet developed How will I develop these How do I know (evidence)**
 Computing skills  Ask other people for help, and practice using online  When it comes to working online,
 Self confidence  Getting to know more people on the course, join a sports team to know more people.  Although I do have self-confidence, I need to work on it more so that I feel more confident for example, speaking out in lectures.
Manage time  Make sure I stick to the times that I have set.  I am good at setting myself time to work although I often do not stick to the time.
 Generate new ideas  Write down any ideas I have and feel confident enough to share them.  I am good at coming up with new ideas, although need to work on using these with others and sharing them.