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||
|Act as a Leader||✓|
|Share opinions confidently||✓|
|Contribute to Discussions||✓|
|Debate formally and informally||✓|
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 already developed||How will I use these||How do I know (evidence)**|
|Self Discipline||I will use this skill to reflect upon the weaknesses I have identified and continue to identify to improve them.|
|Act as a Leader||I will use this skill to help with group tasks where I may be appointed as the leader of the group. It will help to keep the team together and to work effectively.|
|Use Technology||This skill will give me the ability to help others adapt within the world of teaching and to encourage them to use more technology to keep up with the way in which children are growing up.|
|Manage Time||Managing time is crucial not just within my academic years at University but also as I progress into my career. I will use this to ensure I am on time for lectures, workshops, placements and school starting.|
** This section should be completed as you identify when/where/how you have used/developed these skills.
|Skills to be developed||How I will develop these||How do I know (evidence)|
|Share opinions confidently||
I will take part in discussions that involve giving my own opinion and not hold back as long as it is appropriate to do so.
|Problem Solve||I will work on questions that will help me to develop my problem solving skills to prevent me from being unable to do so.|
|Contribute to Discussions||
I will try and open up about my thoughts when a lecturer poses a question during lectures or group tasks.
|Debate formally and informally||
I will open up a debate between others on the course questioning many different aspects of the teaching profession.
|Taking Notes||I will ensure that I do not continue to take so many notes as I have noticed. This will help me to understand what I have learnt and to do some further research into what I have heard from inputs.|
Managing My Learning:
|What helps my learning?||How can I utilise this?|
|Being organised with notes and tasks||· Ensure notes are neat and make sense
· Don’t take too many notes during lectures
|Keeping up-to-date with tasks out with the learning environment||· Ensure I look at and complete any TDTs set after inputs
· Carry out further research if a particular subject interests me more
|Seeking help and advice if I don’t understand what to do||· Ask tutors and lecturers for help if I need it· Set up a peer learning group that can help with learning from others|
|Setting out a clear timeline of what to focus on and how to split study||· Plan in advance and start studying as soon as possible to help with my studies
· Make sure my study time is not unrealistic
|What hinders my learning?||How can I address this factor?|
|I am really untidy when it comes to desk space||· Ensure that my study area is clean and does not contain distractions
· Make sure notes are not untidy and are easy to understand
|I can get easily stressed if I don’t understand what to do||· Be aware of any weaknesses that may hinder my understanding or studies
· Ensure that I start study as soon as possible to avoid any stress