Personal audit & transferable skills

Activity 1

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




 Self-confidence  x
 Take risks  x
 Organise and plan  x
Manage Time  x
 Make presentations  x
 Act as a leader  x
 Listen to others  x
 Debate formally and informally  x
 Take notes  x


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.

Activity 2

Complete the audit below, using the information from the table above.

Recognition Reflection Action
Skills already developed How will I use these How do I know (evidence)**
 Organise and plan  I will use my planning and organisation skills to manage my time efficiently and to fit all my work into what time i have  I have been to college and organised my time well there
 Debate formally and informally  I will debate any queries I have on a subject as well as initiating discussions with peers and commenting on peers ePortfolios  I have been commenting and reflecting on others posts and taking ideas from posts to write and debate
 Act as a leader  I am happy to act as a leader in any group tasks I am involved in, in order to build up my confidence  I have always been someone happy to take change from my experience in guiding and tutorials
 Take notes  I will take notes during lectures and tutorials  I have been effectively taking notes and re-written or read them

** This section should be completed as you identify when/where/how you have used/developed these skills.

Part B – Activity 1

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
Reading my work aloud Doing this on a regular basis and possibly having people read things out to me?
Having someone spell/grammar check my work Set up a group with peers to do this regularly
Having regular breaks to think about what I’ve read make time for lunch and dinner and reflect on reading then
Re writing lecture and tutorial notes Have notebooks prepared and ready for me to rewrite the note as often as I like



Recognition/Reflection Action
What hinders my learning? How can I address this factor?
Example: “I’m easily distracted” ·         Study in a place where distractions are minimal·         Read lecture notes before the lecture and then take notes lectures to keep me focused
Noise in the background Going to the library to study in the quiet areas or putting earplugs in
Not organised Write a list of things that need to be done in order to not miss anything out?
Not understanding what to do Ask a lecturer or teacher questions before it’s too late and I’ve failed
Not getting enough sleep Being tired stops me taking in as much information as I need so I have to make sure I get a good nights sleep


My Placement Goals

I have many goals as a student teacher which I would like to complete during my first placement practice. My main one has to be behavior management.

Know how and when to seek the advice of colleagues in managing behavior.

I have always felt that I need more training in how to effectively carry out behavior management. I feel that giving positive praise is something that I can do but I need new and fresh ideas on how to carry this out and not sound patronizing towards children. I also want to learn techniques for dealing with negative behavior in the classroom which, even having experience working in a nursery, I personally feel that I do need more to be an effective practitioner.

Plan appropriately for effective teaching and in order to meet the needs of all learners, including learning in literacy, numeracy, health and well being and skills for learning, life and work.

I want to learn how to do lesson plans in a classroom setting. Planning and time management per class is something I need practice with so feel that this would be a very relevant goal because I will have to use lesson plans on a daily basis as a primary teacher.

develop tasks and set pace of work to meet the needs of learners, providing effective support and challenge, seeking advice appropriately

Something I feel nervous about is taking a whole class of older than nursery aged pupils. I think having experience with this will be a huge responsibility and because of my reservations about it, has to be one of my 3 goals. I’m really looking forward to placement and working on these 3 goals to become an effective practitioner.

The standards for registration were accessed on 21.1.2016. 




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