1. Below are a list of skills and abilities. Complete an audit of where you are now. Record this in your learning journal/portfolio.
Rate yourself (1=Not very well developed; 3=very well developed)
|Skills and Abilities||
|Personal Skills||Work under Pressure
Set Personal Goals
Share Opinions Confidently
|Interpersonal Skills|| Act as a Leader
| Take Responsibility
Build Social Networks
|Communication Skills||Write for Academic Purposes
Listen to Others
Contribute to Discussions
|Technical Skills|| Computing Skills
|Intellectual Skills||Think Critically|| Organise & Plan
Work on own Initiative
Generate New Ideas
Although it is important to identify where we are now, it is not enough to stop there. We need to reflect upon how we can develop the skills where we are less confident and how we can transfer the skills in which we are confident and competent.
Complete the audit below, using the information from the table above.
|Skills Developed from LfL Placement||How will I use these||How do I know (evidence)**|
|Self Confidence||This is an important skill as it is needed to liase with professional staff confidently and stand in front of a class to teach.||Throughout my Lfl placement, I have greatly developed my self confidence. I am now very confident in talking to staff and professionals and do not shy away from conversations. This self confidence has stemmed from my strong relationships i formed while on placement which gave me the courage to believe in myself.|
|Take Risks||Taking risks can pay off massively in a classroom and you will learn from these risks. If you don’t take risks you’ll never know if you could’ve done a better job to facilitate educataion to some pupils.||While on placement, i was asked to plan and orgainise Anger Management sessions for a group of children. I wasn’t sure how to take this on however, i took risks in the materials i planned as i didnt stick to the outline of sessions as i felt my ideas would be more effective and relevant to the children eg. drawing around our own bodies instead of an A4 copy already made. This risk paid off as the group spent nearly the whole hour on this individual task and thoroughly enjoyed it and learned from it.|
|Work on own Initiative||As a teacher, you have a support network of other teachers however you need to work on your own initiate as well. It is you as a class teacher who knows the children best therefore your own initiate will be best suited.||I used my own initiate when planning the CRG as the spport worker who ran it with me was not available. I learned to have confidence in my own ideas and this paid off as the children loved the groups and were sad when it came to an end. I used my own initiate in order to secure dates in my dairy as everyone was too busy to think of asking me. This then developed this skill greatly.|
|Flexibility||Being able to be flexible in the teaching profession is vital as lesson plans can change on the spot and you must react to the children’s engagement and other situations.||As a student at Fairlie House, I made sure to grab every opportunity available. This meant I had to be flexible and even just drop what i was doing in order to shadow a worker. While orgainising training and days shadowing, i was flexible and fitted in around the other teams. My weekly plans changed all the time (as can be seen from my diary) meaning i accommodated things by being flexible.|
** This section should be completed as you identify when/where/how you have used/developed these skills.
|Skills to be developed||How will I develop these||How do I know (evidence)**|
|Work Under Pressure||In situations where i am working under pressure, i must learn to deal with this better and not stress.||Usually, when i am having to work under pressure, i stress more and begin to panic.|
|Computing Skills||By using computers more and getting to know specific programmes and software. By not being afraid to ask questions/for help when it comes to using technology.||I first struggled with my blog as i’d never used glow blogs before however I am quickly learning the more I use it and am becoming quite fond of it.|