As a teacher it is important to remain knowledgeable and up to date with the current best teaching practices and strategies available to them. This can be achieved through professional learning activities. Professional learning can include formal learning activities, such as workshops, seminars, online learning and school based development days or informal learning, such as professional reading, reflective writing and professional meetings. It is important to aim to address both formal and informal learning activities over the three domains (Professional Knowledge, Professional Practice and Professional Engagement) and seven standards set by the Teacher Registration Board (TRB) of Western Australia. This is important, as being proficient in all seven standards across the three domains will result in continued professional development and in turn continued, improved student learning and success. A certain number of hours of professional learning need to be completed each year in order to keep a teaching registration active.
As a relief teacher at this current point in time having made the choice to travel for large amounts of time over the past three years it has been difficult for me to attend workshops and seminars provided by Western Australian public schools. For this reason I am glad I started this blog a long time ago as it gives me the ability to write down my thoughts and reflect on documents I have read in order to address the standards set by the TRB. Although I am focusing on mainly the informal side of professional learning in relation to this website and blog there are many online resources I have recently been focusing in order to address formal learning activities.
Keeping up to date with formal activities can be achieved through professional learning resources via a number of mediums:
- The Institute For Professional Learning
- The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership
- The Department of Education Online Professional Learning Portal
- SDERA – Resource for Health and Physical Education Teachers
- Cybersmart Outreach – Safety on the Internet
- PD21- IN2Class for ICT Development
- AITSL – Professional Growth Resources (PDF)
These resources provide excellent venues for formal professional learning readily available for all teachers. Again if teachers can address both formal and informal professional learning activities across the seven standards in conjunction with continued learning and development in the school environment and classroom, it can and will provide for continued student learning and greater student success.
Professional and knowledgeable teachers = Successful students.
This article relates to the following Professional standards: