P7 – At the end of the programme complete a summative profile and action plan (Form 1.9).
This task is assessed by a personal account of how the course has helped you to develop and increase your strengths as a teacher – this is your reflection.
You also have to think about the stage you are at in your development both in respect of teaching practice, subject knowledge and subject delivery and identify what you would like to do in the future – these are your targets or goals.
The final part of the task is to review what your development needs are to assist you in progressing further within your career - this is your action plan. An action plan should consider your short term, medium term and long term goals and how these can be achieved.
A good way to review your development and strengths is to complete a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats). Follow this link: http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newTMC_05_1.htm for an explanation of how to complete a SWOT analysis and for a template download. Or there is a pro-forma in your activity folder for this task. You could include this SWOT analysis in your P7 submission.
Overall development and strengths
You have already started to consider how you have developed your knowledge and skills in P6. You can use this reflection, along with the evaluations in P4 and P5, the assessments by your peers and your tutor observation report, to write an account of your development and increased strengths since starting the course. It may help if you think about your development in terms of the additional theoretical knowledge you have gained through the tasks and personal research, whereas the strengths might be a reflection of how your teaching practice has improved. You could also include a statement of your subject specific qualifications and whether you have attended any other training events while completing this course.
Stages of development
When you have reviewed how you have developed through the course, you then need to review the current stage of your development. How far have you come? Your SWOT analysis will help you identify where you have weaknesses (or development needs). You should consider how you could develop these weaknesses into strengths and ways that you could take advantage of the opportunities or overcome the threats. You also need to ask yourself what you would like to achieve in your teaching career.
This is the final part of your course work and you now need to turn your reflection into a plan of action. What do you intend to do over the next few months? What do you intend to do over the next year or so? What do you intend to do over the next 5 years? These are your short term, medium term and long term goals.
Action plans usually include the following key factors:
So, for example, if you wanted to achieve the Diploma to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector your short term action plan might look like this:
What you want to achieve should be a SMART target (remember, Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timebound).
Personal SWOT analysis online at: http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newTMC_05_1.htm.
Topics to research/review: