June 20, 2014

Session 10 – Task 1

In order to improve teaching techniques and improve the quality of the learning experience for the learners, it is very important that teachers undertake self-reflection. This can be done through a variety of ways, for example, by having discussions with teaching fellow peers in order to check learning and engagement. Therefore, this is essential to self-reflect on parts of the lesson or seminar which went wrong or were considered weaker. Therefore, it will be important for the teacher to find ways to improve this and even adapt the lesson material in order to make it more fulfilling.

A good technique or method for doing this, is to pair up with an another teacher and evaluate each other’s lesson whilst providing valuable feedback. This is extremely worthwhile especially when liaising with an experienced teaching staff who can contribute to the skills of a newly qualified teacher.

Session 12 – Task 1

One of the quality assurance processes in place at my College, is firstly assessment Quality Control in respect of all the BTEC HNC Business courses and also the professional law courses. In order to meet the requirements of this course it is necessary to carry various assessments on the learners, in relation to every unit on the Business HNC and Diploma.

For all my learners, it is a requirement of the BTEC qualification that they must complete 3 assignments per unit. Furthermore, the assessments must be linked to a practical business organisation. For example, the learners were required to complete a unit on marketing and the principles associated with the marketing mix. In order for this to be achieved, I have linked the unit to Cadbury World and incorporated a practical trip.

Furthermore, once the learners have completed the unit successfully, the work needs to be marked and assessed by an internal quality assurer. For my College organisation, Mr Farqoor Mir is the internal quality assurer and then we can apply for external verification.

Once the internal and external verifier is satisfied, we can apply to the awarding organisation for certification to receive the qualification. This process of achieving the qualification, will be further checked by ISI, the inspection body for private schools and colleges.

June 19, 2014

Session 9 – Task 1

The use of seminars or small group tutorials, like lectures will be dependant on the level and programme of study which the learner is enrolled on. A seminar is usually a meeting between a tutor and a group of between 6 and 30 students, and the purpose is usually to explore and extend the students knowledge of the topics that have been covered in lectures. This may be through in-depth discussion of the key issues or any key related material which is relevant to the subject of study.

By the use of a seminar, this provides a great opportunity for myself to practice a number of essential academic and professional skills. For example, this can include discussing my subject with great clarity and arguing logically and tactfully, furthermore listening to the different points of view which have been expressed by my learners. This enables me to consider whether my learners have gained a sufficient understanding of the subject matter, and if I need to re-adapt any of my teaching strategies or materials.

A successful seminar is a collective process, in which the whole group participates and contributes, whether this is through open discussion, researching or presenting information.

Session 11 – Task 1

In order to reflect on an experience, this further embeds the learning process and encourages learners to identify any points of concern for future references. By reflective writing this provides a further opportunity for teachers and learners to gain a deeper understanding from their own work, and also take into the considerations the perspectives from other people.

Therefore, through seeing ideas and/opinions through other people’s perspectives then we develop a deeper understanding from the work.

Additionally, through the process of reflection we can also deepen the learning from work. In order to have a deeper understanding of your work of reflection it is also possible to look at the models of reflection. For example, Gibbs (1988), which enables you to identify reflection through a 6 style cycle. This gives the opportunity for a much deeper reflection, and the reflector to identify issues at every stage.

June 17, 2014

Session 7 – Task 2

There are many key agencies and policies which will have an overall impact on the overall quality of a learners education. Firstly, the main policy which could be considered an overall barrier to learning is financial policies. this will have an overall impact on HE learners. However, HE learners will not just be effected any funding cuts will also impact on learners aged between 16yrs to 19 yrs when applying for bursaries/grants etc. for example, this type of funding might only be available for certain types of courses and or learners and therefore this might exclude certain types of learner. This is particular evident when mature learners are applying for certain types of funding and therefore might feel that they have become excluded from certain types of courses.

Session 5 – task 1

It is essential to the learning and teaching process that the development of further skills is essential to the learning and education. Young people will need a variety of skills, knowledge and attributes in their daily lives and relationships which are valued by families, communities, Colleges, Universities and employers, if learners are to become successfully confident responsible and effective adults, who will capable of meeting the challenges of life and in the workplace. In my specialist area of teaching (law), the learners will often have to speak and deliver speeches in public. For example, for students who are training to become a barrister or solicitor will frequently have to present arguments in open Court. In order to help with this process, I often encourage learners to participate in public speaking activities and conference events.

Session 3 – Task 1 Curriculum evaluation

There are various curriculum models which educationalists refer to evaluating their own teaching. Firstly, there is the product model (also referred to as the behavioural objectives model). There are many Advanatges associated with this type of curriculum model, firstly the avoidance of vague general statements of intent and also the fact that it enables the assessment of learners to be more precise. Also, from a teaching perspective it enables teachers and learners to be aware of different types and levels of learning involved in particular subjects. In my specialist area of teaching (law), the product curriculum model would prove suitable for my teaching and also have a positive effect on my learners,as the assessment of my learners would be extremely precise. However, there are further Disadvanatges associated with this particular type of curriculum model. For example, on occasions it can prove to be inflexible for both the learners and the teacher. Even with a subject like law there is still a need for flexibility, especially when dealing with a diverse range of learners. A further curriculum model is the process model. This particular type of model is primarily focused on teacher activities and also the role of the teachers. Also it places particular emphasis on both the student and learner activities. In my specialist area of teaching, it is essential to incorporate as many practical learner activities as possible, for example, conducting moots (mock trials) and practical visits to the Courts in order to become as fully engaged with the subject as much as possible. This type of model is very much learner focused and involves the learner playing an important role in deciding the nature of the student activities. There is an overall assumption that the learners make a very unique response to their learning experiences.

Session 2 Task 1 – Equality and Diversity

Equality and Diversity plays an essential part in the teaching and learning process. Therefore, it is important that it is embedded into our teaching practice. Although, it can sometimes prove difficult to embed this into our teaching and learning practice creatively, and if this is achieved it will undoubtedly have a positive effect on my learners. In my current teaching practice of (law), in order to promote equality and diversity in the classroom I often spend considerable time producing learner resources and teaching materials in order to ensure that my teaching resources are adequate to represent a diverse range of learners who wish to access these resources. Furthermore, I incorporate a variety of teaching methods in order to target a diverse range of learners. This includes learners who suffer from dyslexia, dyspraxia and other barriers to learning. Therefore, I have developed a variety of techniques to accommodate this type of learner. Furthermore, I have developed my assessment techniques to be fair and inclusive of all learners and not to discriminate against any learner. In my specialist area of teaching (law), I often come into contact with international learners whom have a very basic level of English. Therefore, I have chosen to use appropriate language which is appropriate for my level of learner and also non- discriminatory. I further believe that this will have a positive impact on my learners.

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