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Practical assignment 6

P6 – Complete a learning journal after each assignment completed

Mortar board iconTask Notes: A learning journal proforma (Appendix 5) is included in the Forms section.

This task is assessed by a series of reflective learning journals; one to be completed after each Theory task, a combined one after P1 and 2 and a collective one after P3, 4 and 5 (9 in total).

Learning journals

Go to this website and look for the link to learning journals:
http://www.geoffpetty.com/downloads.html.

In his article, Geoff Petty writes about learning journals after taught sessions but he makes some good points about reflective practice.

You need to reflect and write about your development following completion of each theory task and from the combined practical tasks as detailed above.

The form is in 3 sections –(the comments below are for guidance only and should not be used for your journal).

Section 1. The main points I have learnt from this assessment are:

In this section you need to summarise what you have learnt under topic headings. For example under the heading ‘Ground Rules’ you might write that you have learnt;

  • ground rules are necessary for underpinning behaviour and respect for others because……………
  • ground rules are more effective when they are negotiated with learners because ………….
  • ground rules should be introduced to learners during the first session because………
  • some ground rules are necessary and must be enforced because …………..

Section 2: How I could develop my practical skills as a result of this assessment:

In this section you are required to reflect on what you have identified in 1) and consider ways that you could develop your teaching skills (skills develop when you are able to apply theoretical knowledge to practice). Using the example above, your reflection could start with:

To develop my teaching skills I need to;

  • remember to plan for a ‘negotiation of ground rules’ activity at the start of my courses to make sure………………………
  • try different ways of negotiating ground rules with my learners so that …………….
  • ask my learners how they would prefer to negotiate and agree ground rules which will ensure………………
  • adapt my practice to ………………..
  • promote effective classroom management skills by using different strategies to remind learners when they are breaking the ground rules because ……………..

Section 3: How I could develop my knowledge and understanding as a result of this assessment:

In this section you are reflecting on how you can develop knowledge and understanding – this is where you link practice to theory and learn why you do something. Using the same example you might start with:

To develop my knowledge and understanding as a result of this assessment, I need to;

  • continue to read and research current ideas and views about ground rules to ensure……………
  • discuss different ways of negotiating ground rules with my colleagues and line manager in order to …………………….
  • reflect on the effectiveness of my ground rule strategies by …………….

References:

Petty G (undated) learning journals download online at: http://www.geoffpetty.com/downloads.html.

Brain IconTopics to research/review:

 

  • Learning journals/diaries/logs.
  • Reflective practice.

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