Also in 2009, I qualified as an IB Specialist Teacher by completing the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, Teacher of Biology, Level 1 Module. I have since taught IB Biology at both Standard and Higher Level and have been an Extended Essay Supervisor in Biology for two years. I have also benefited greatly from the in-house training I have actively sought and received from my more experienced IB teacher colleagues in the department.
As well as the many courses I been on for my continuous professional growth and development, I also regularly communicate with other teachers from around the world using online teaching forums. Please see Principles and Perspectives for more information.
The following lists, in no particular order, all my CPD activities which I use in my lessons and as a teaching professional:
Assessment is for Learning – a coherent framework for assessment, in which evidence of learning can be gathered and interpreted to best meet the needs of learners.
Inside the Black Box – Formative assessment in the classroom, including self and peer assessment, developed by Paul Black and Dylan Williams of Kings College London.
Castlemilk New Learning Community hosted a twilight session on Mind Mapping with psychologist Tony Buzan as guest speaker.
Brain Gym – Educational Kinesiology.
Questioning Techniques, Bloom’s Taxonomy and Critical Thinking.
Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences and Learning Styles.
Bilingual Support and English as an Additional Language.
Behaviour Management and Praise – Bill Rogers, Educational consultant workshops.
Pastoral Care – Developing the Student Tutor Relationship.
Drugs, Health and Education.
Safety in the Science Classroom.
Chairperson of the Differentiation Working Group.
Formative Assessment in Science Education – feedback to departmental colleagues.
Cooperative Learning in Science – Assessment Initiatives.
Teaching for Effective Learning – the role of emotions in learning, thinking skills, the learning brain and the use of ICT, concepts, principles and methodologies.
Active Assessment and Concept Cartoons – personal research.
Cognitive Acceleration in Science Education, CASE – Thinking Skills program developed by Kings College London.
Raising Boys Attainment – personal research.
Better Behaviour, Better Learning – personal research.
Sharing good practice on online forums – in particular, Teacher’s TV.
Continuous development of ICT teaching and learning resources at all levels.
Responsible for department ICT resources and management of intranet resources.
Attendance at Local Authority Biology Business Meeting with D. Lawson, Science Advisor – feedback to department at departmental meetings.
Assessment in Higher Biology.