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professional development essay over the pgce year

Discussion in 'NQTs and new teachers' started by cys2017, Apr 14, 2018.

  1. cys2017

    cys2017 Occasional commenter

    Hi guys ,

    I need to write a 3000 word essay on how I have developed as a teacher over the last year as I am coming towards the end of my training. Has anyone got any ideas on how I could structure my essay. We have had to complete two placements. I'm not sure how to structure it so any help would be good.

    Thanks in advance
  2. SilverMayFall

    SilverMayFall New commenter

    You could use a reflective cycle such as Gibbs.
    simonCOAL likes this.
  3. simonCOAL

    simonCOAL Occasional commenter

    You could structure it as a report and use evidence on feedback forms under each heading. I’ve seen many such assignments that use the standards as a framework, top and tailed with intro and conclusion.

    If it strictly has to be an essay, do the same but with more flexible paragraphing giving it a natural flow.
    Obviously underpin any comments with academic referencing.

    E.g. “This went well because... as Wise (2011) notes...”

    Identifying areas where you might have performed better can work, especially if you note any shortcomings in your approach or support that you had.

    Critical reflection will get you decent marks. Telling a story won’t.

    Good luck. 3000 is a decent chunk!

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