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I am going to explore the personal and organisational factors that influence my teaching practice .I intend to do this by examining any factors I have picked up on that affect my planning and delivery and any challenges that may arise when referring stud

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KERRY SHORT TS1302 I am going to explore the personal and organisational factors that influence my teaching practice .I intend to do this by examining any factors I have picked up on that affect my planning and delivery and any challenges that may arise when referring students to the extra services available to offer them extra support. At school my geography teacher set out each individual table 1 metre apart from each other, all facing the front, he would give out the handbook and literally read from the relevant pages as we took notes. I found this teaching method boring as I could have done it myself at home. There was no group work or learner structured lessons at all. I became tired with the lessons and I would switch off half way through. I conclude that if I cannot formally lead a structured lesson which actively develops my learners then my knowledge on the subject matter is irrelevant. I need to lead well at a pace suitable to my students; I must share the lesson aims and objectives to ensure the class understands the relevance of the topic and how it fits into the framework, which will in turn motivate them to complete the learning process. Rogers (2001) states, `unless you are motivated you will not and cannot learn.' Also organisational factors can influence my teaching practice. Organisational cultures are a collection of beliefs and attitudes shared by an organisation or group. ...read more.

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(Schein, 1993.p373-374) A good thing about working in a power culture is that I am told what to do then left to complete it myself which has allowed me to develop my teaching methods and learning to deal with problems on my own. I feel this is very beneficial when you are training as you can learn from your own mistakes. Charles Handy (1985:p177) states, "the organisational imperatives in our present society are locked into an inevitable battle with the individual imperatives (for greater opportunity of personal expression and choice)...If our organisations are to survive, they must adapt their managerial philosophy to one which is better suited to the needs) aspirations and attitudes of individuals. In the new mix of gods which will result, Apollo will be less dominant and less inhuman. This will mean, however, a massive reorganisation of the structure of the organisations and their work." I believe this is not a forecast for the future of human service organisations (generally forecasts can be wrong), it is simply stated to suggest that organisations can be designed and that in the future we may be faced with the need to redesign and possibly it is a good idea for college to start now by analysing existing structures and ensuring functions are performed to the benefit of everyone. As an organisation vast amounts of support are available to both myself and the students. Again the central person has to agree the request for professional development before you can go ahead and enrol on whatever it might be. ...read more.

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This could have a negative effect on the students learning and self esteem and motivation which in turn could result in a loss of students. As a teacher I evaluate every lesson I deliver thinking about how well the deliver went, if the learners had met the learning outcomes and if the resources worked well. I also think about, `how well am I teaching? 'And ` which aspects of my teaching are good and which areas need to be improved?' I record these details on the bottom of my lesson plans. I also record any major changes that I feel need to be made on my scheme of work or any really positive comments on certain lessons. This enables me to make these changes when designing the next year's scheme of work or even incorporating the positive teaching methods into the next year's lessons. Using this method enables me to learn about the effectiveness of my teaching and it helps me identify areas that need further development. W.J Mckeachie (1994) gave the following definition relating to evaluation; "Assuming that no one is perfect and therefore everyone has room for improvement, evaluation is the means by which we try to identify which aspects of our teaching are good and which need to be changed. The question then arises as to who should take responsibility for doing this evaluation. My belief is that evaluation is an inherent part of good teaching. Therefore it is the teacher himself or herself who should take primary responsibility for doing the evaluation. ...read more.

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