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Discussion in 'Scotland - education news' started by catmother, Jun 29, 2011.

  1. catmother

    catmother Star commenter

    Am I the only one who gets fed up with having to come up with fancy stuff (and fancy way of defining it) to put on the CPD review form? I've never worked harder in my whole teaching career but that's still not enough!
  2. Anonymous

    Anonymous New commenter

    I do a lot of "professional reading".
  3. catmother

    catmother Star commenter

    Lucky you,being able to put this down as CPD.
  4. You can too, catmum. The GTCS says you can.
    A few years ago the GTCS mag had an article about what counts as CPD. As I recall, it included things like professional reading, either about teaching or about your subject, making visits to check out possible school trip destinations, supervising students on placements (for all that time you spend after school hand-holding, encouraging, explaining, etc etc), and---here's the biggie in terms of CfE--developing new courses.
    Using these criteria, I have counted as CPD a day-long visit to Stirling Castle and later, to a local museum (prior to taking my class there) and every minute I have spent working up new topics for CfE, including wide background reading in several areas of Scottish history (Picts, Bruce and Co, MQS, etc---I happen to love history! [​IMG])
    I'll see if I can find a link to that article---it was about four years ago, in the GTCS journal.
  5. jonowen

    jonowen Occasional commenter

    I remember that too and researching on TES counts (like the research we do "discussing" on here with like-minded colleagues [​IMG])

  6. This website has over 3600 15 minute videos from Teachers TV in the resources section. Watching, re-watching and mulling over just one of these per week takes an hour (according to my CPD file!) - so I calculate that there are enough videos there for 100 years of CPD [​IMG]
    Sometimes, I'm so keen I do two a week!
  7. jonowen

    jonowen Occasional commenter

    .....only 2 ? [​IMG]
  8. I did a lot of "Familiarisation with GLOW" this year...
  9. davieee

    davieee Occasional commenter

    Its in the Standard for Full Registration too at section 2.4.1
    "Registered teachers convey an understanding of practice and general educational matters in their professional dialogue and communication."

    Some folk call it "engaging in professional discourse".
  10. piglet171

    piglet171 New commenter

    Aaawww gawd - you've just remined me I need to fill in the form I've been ignoring for two years! Would prob have got away with it if it wasn't for the fact we are due an inspection!
  11. I used to find the CPD form relatively straightforward - and yes 'professional reading' is entirely legitimate.
    What used to get me were the departmental development plans with all that repetitive stuff about 'development tasks', 'outome criteria', 'evidence of criteria attained', 'future priorities' or some such. I forget the exact terminology but basically you had to find seven different ways of writing down the same thing.
    How on earth did we manage in the 'old days' to produce students with higher levels of attainment than now?
  12. Christopher  Curtis

    Christopher Curtis Occasional commenter

    The new GTCS council is to have 37 members, with 19 of them elected. It seems obvious if the burdens imposed are currently too great that teachers would elect representatives to the GTCS Council who would reduce those burdens.
  13. More time teaching and less spent of figuring out what to write on forms?

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