National Professional Standards for Teachers and Leaders – Module 4

I must apologize for not writing for some time as I was busy preparing for Qatar National Day Celebrations on the 18th of December. I just wanted to complete writing about the series of modules on the National Professional Standards for Teachers and Leaders.

Tuesday 6th December was the last day (Day 4) of the training course on the National Professional Standards for Teachers and Leaders. It all started with an interesting game called “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” to check what we have learned about the National Professional Standards for Teachers and Leaders. Ian Smith, the trainer, has created a very helpful tool to guide teachers and leaders, correlating between the National Professional Standards statements and the Evidence Guide for the Entry Level (Teachers). The trainees checked the tool and suggestions were made for modifications. There has been a request to have the same tool made for the other levels for teachers and for leaders as well.

It was a good chance to brainstorm “Coaching”;  focusing on the following questions:

What is coaching?

Why do we use it?

Who coaches and who is coached?

How is it done?

When is it done?

There was also a discussion on “How coaching works” with a focus on the role of the coach and that of the coachee.

The last session focused on preparing a general action plan for presenting the National Professional Standards at school. Most of the candidates were interested and took it seriously as it is their responsibility to make NPSTSL clearly understood at school and to help teachers and school leaders to develop their professional portfolios.

I have to say that the course, in general, was very beneficial and has added a lot to our knowledge and skills about the National Professional Standards for Teachers and Leaders.

To download useful material related to this topic, visit the following link:

http://sites.google.com/site/npstsl/home/week-4—preparing-a-portfolio

 

 

National Professional Standards For Teachers and Leaders – Module 3

Yesterday, Tuesday 29th November 2011, we started Module 3 of the “National Professional Standards for Teachers and Leaders”. The two trainers focused on exploring and annotating evidence for best practice and developing a plan to introduce the National Professional Standards for Teachers and Leaders in schools.

The warming up activity presented a new strategy “Human Bingo” which elicited some of the knowledge and information related to the NPSTSL discussed in the previous sessions. That game provided a good chance for trainees to speak out and share their beliefs.

It was my turn to read out my personal statement to my colleagues (the audience) who showed great interest. Margret, the trainer, praised my personal statement saying that it is precise and concise.

In that session we discussed the format of the standards which is shown below.

  • Standard title – a short, action-oriented statement that describes the key area of professional practice for teachers and leaders.
  • Standard descriptor – the aspect of professional practice covered by the standard.
  • Statements – key components of professional practice covered by the standard. Statements are focused on performance and can be demonstrated.
  • Indicators – examples of actions a teacher or leader would normally take to perform the aspect of professional practice detailed in the relevant statement.
  • Required skills, knowledge, understandings and dispositions – broad areas of learning and development that teachers and school leaders might consider to strengthen their practice.
  • Evidence Guide – identifies the performance expected at each stage of career development, including a list of the types of evidence that teachers and school leaders may present to show that they have achieved the required level of performance.

The Lotus Chart was used to help each group to work on one of the standards, identify its statements and indicators and to mention examples of evidence that address the standard and are being used by colleagues (trainees) in their schools.

Then groups were given enough time to work on the pieces of evidence they brought and started annotating them against the standards. I think most of the trainees benefited much and by now they should have completed their personal statement and annotated a number of pieces of evidence for their professional portfolios.

I really thank the two trainers and appreciate their great efforts.

If you are interested, you can download the presentation and the handouts of the workshop by clicking the following link:

http://sites.google.com/site/npstsl/home/week-3—planning-for-action


Professional Portfolios

On Sunday dated 26 December, I conducted  a workshop on professional portfolios and how a teacher can prepare his professional portfolio against the national professional standards so as to be able to get the full professional licence. After discussing the five folders needed for the portfolio and the contents of each folder, I presented the updated version of my portfolio. The presentation was successful and valuable as I talked explicitly about each folder and its contents. Most teachers needed to have a look at one of the examples of completed portfolios.

Now staff are familiar with the contents of the five sections (folders) of a portfolio. This is going to be consolidated by displaying more examples of portfolios from other colleagues in different school departments. To help teachers prepare their portfolios, I have uploaded the five folders template (NPST Portfolio). You can simply download it and use it to prepare your own portfolio. Besides, a blank PowerPoint template is going to be delivered so that teachers can use it to prepare their own portfolios (presentations) which they can use to present their portfolios when being attested.

You can download the five folders template (NPST Portfolio) here.

And you can also download a copy of the updated version of my portfolio here.