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Becoming a Better Teacher: Exploring Professional Development

British Council and UCL Institute of Education via FutureLearn

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Improve your teaching skills by exploring professional development

Keeping up professional development as a teacher can be hard to fit into a busy timetable. It doesn’t need to be. This online course, broken into simple steps, will help you develop your reflective skills and improve your practice in the classroom.

Join a community of others working in education, share your experiences and grow as a teacher. This is professional development designed to help you respond to your needs and is accessible to everyone whatever level of resource is available in their setting.

This course is designed for recently qualified and experienced teachers who are looking to:
- further develop their reflective skills
- update their current practice
- connect with other professionals
It specifically addresses the needs of teachers who teach English (either as a medium of instruction or as a subject) but is also relevant for those who teach other subjects.

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Anonymous
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
It is authentic with full explanation of each and every aspect related to teaching students effectively.

I learned new terms, techniques, also discussed my point of views with others and also learned from others.

Meanwhile I think their must be a video of an ideal lesson.

That we can practice in our classroom this for suggestion only.

Sometime I get confused about the term reflection and Gibbs's reflective cycle.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I have learned about reflective practice in teaching and learning process. When I reflect like reflection in action and reflection on action. Inquiry based teaching and learning , different inquiry models. Role of a teacher, selection of resources, use of textbook and collaborative teaching and learning practice.

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Anonymous
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
This course is excellent for me, it is helping me to get out of my confort zone and try to make the difference, I have completed week 2 and I am anxious to finish all the course next week, I hoipe I could have enough time to do it, I really liked this course and the material you provide is excellent.
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Irene I
by Irene completed this course.
I hv completed a weeks course. I came across good ideas n experiences from the vedios and peer comments. This course surely is contributing a lot to my existing skills.

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Rehana M
Rehana is taking this course right now, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Its a great experience being a part of this course.Yes,of course I'm enjoying the course.Thankk you #BRITISHCOUNCIL for arranging such a comprehensive online CPD course for##Becoming a Better Teacher during this crucial time of Pandemic crises .It was substantial learning in 02 Weeks and worthy reflection...
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Anonymous
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
I had learnt different new ideas that will be helpful for me and for my students i would like to share these new ideas with my friends and colleagues. It allow me to learn a lot in my this free time

Thanks British council arranging for this online course.
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Anonymous
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
The course " Becoming a better teacher" has been very useful with all topics for discussion and reflective practice. Thanks to all the mentors that has given support to our professional development.
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Anonymous
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
I `ve loved this course..Each week I want to continue learning, the articles, the videos and the different comments from other teachers help me to reflect about my teaching and learning process.
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Anonymous
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
Thank you for a very enjoyable couple of weeks. This is one of the best MOOCs I've done recently in terms of the balance between current theory and practical ideas that can be acted on immediately. I've learnt some very thought provoking and insightful concepts about reflection, the teaching-learning...
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Anonymous
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
I'm half-way through the course and finding at an enriching experience. I don't get much chances to do professional development in my job so this course was perfect for me. It has been opening my eyes to the range of methods of improving myself as a teacher. The main thing I like about the course is the interaction between participants: we can leave comments at each step and reply to each other. This helps me feel like I'm not alone in taking the course and gives me more motivation to keep going. I also like how the course presents new ideas in a way that are easy to grasp and put into practice. We aren't overwhelmed with a lot of information but get time to digest and reflect through exercises and discussions.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I liked the course and I learned some new information there, but I would prefer more content from the authors of the course. This course develops discussion very strongly, which is nice but is more time consuming for the learners. There are a lot of comments in the comment section, but not all of them are informative or inspirational. It takes time to go through the discussion. Therefore I would prefer to receive more information in the course materials and the discussions would be just a complement. This was compensated a little bit by the videos at the end of the week, which were great recapitulation of what was discussed and I found those videos really a great idea.
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Sumeet S
Sumeet is taking this course right now.
It is a very interesting course and would certainly help me become a better teacher. Although I am taking care of most of the aspects while teaching but there are always few parts which we intend to ignore due to scarcity of time. I feel this course has reminded me of the importance of those not to be forgotten assets. I liked the preference given to peer observation and the sharing with colleagues part as with time these things are decreasing and we are losing the benefits they can impart to our teaching. I would certainly like to thank you for providing a platform to improve as a teacher for we all should develop and

keep learning continuously .
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Anahit I
Anahit is taking this course right now, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This is the first time I am taking an online course. First I was a little confused then everything became very easy and comfortable as all the steps are very clearly and thoroughly organized. We have wonderful mentors who are very kind and help us with their advice. The participants are also wonderful and exchanging experiences is becoming more and more interesting and useful. The activities and inquiries are constructed so fluently and productively that you enjoy doing them. You get much information in a short period of time. Every participant can find useful information in this course.

Thank you very much, you are doing a great job.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Well done! The course itself has drawn to meet the course learning outcomes in CPD view to becoming a better teacher. I would like to add some comments to include more team task /group task/ individual assignment for the integration of A) Construct a self-assessment tool that your trainees could use in their own work/performance and potential merits B) Briefly reflect the importance of feedback in the self-assessment process in the given word count. Again, to construct a student self-assessment tool (C). The learners can post in the discussion board within the deadline date. It is a practice for time management as a teaching professional.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Well done! The course itself has drawn to meet the course learning outcomes in CPD view to becoming a better teacher. I would like to add some comments to include more team task /group task/ individual assignment for the integration of A) Construct a self-assessment tool that your trainees could use in their own work/performance and potential merits B) Briefly reflect the importance of feedback in the self-assessment process in the given word count. Again, to construct a student self-assessment tool (C). The learners can post in the discussion board within the deadline date. It is a practice for time management as a teaching professional.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
This was a nice course that provided some interesting ideas, and wasn't terribly time intensive unless you wanted to participate in the forums.

If you're from a teaching culture that integrates reflection and PD into your current practice, this might be a little simple for you. That being said, it can be good to remember we don't always make the time to reflect that we should in structured, meaningful ways.

However, if you're not (such as a rote-learning/teacher knows best teaching culture), there are some simple and meaningful ideas, as well as great discussion in the forums to help your reflective practice.
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Asoka R
Asoka completed this course.
It is really a very useful course.I found it as a kind of eye opener to the areas where we were blind to.I was really inspired to be a better teacher and aware of the ways to do it.One other thing I found was you practice what you teach.

I have a suggestion.I think many teachers are unaware of this course

So we will let them all know about the course.

I also suggest that it is important to pay more attention to the evaluation area.

Giving some assignments and commenting several selective ones is another suggestion I have.

Thank you very much for all kind of con tributions.

Best of luck with your future courses !
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
This guidance is so usefull because helps to learn in different ways or to recognize how much we as teachers are able to work with, also to learn different strategies,

To keep in mind how important is to continue preparing for teaching, using new tchnology, sharing or acquaring new ideas, personally it is a grat experience to be guided.



To become a better teacher is challenging and really important.

A big advantage is that we can learn in a very comfortable way, not having to move from one place to antoher, and using our own time, thankyou so much to THe British Council for taking care and thinking about us
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Anahit I
Anahit completed this course, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
It was my first online course and I really enjoyed it. I have learnt a lot of things and I will recommend it to my colleagues. The course is well-structured and it isn't difficult to complete. Every teacher can find many useful things here. I got acquainted with the teachers of different cultures and backgrounds, they are great as they all are here to learn and have a goal.

I am thankful to the mentors and the lead educator who encourage the participants with their comments and attitude.

I highly appreciate the work you are doing. Let God give health and strength to all the members of your team.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
It was my first online course and I really enjoyed it. I have learnt a lot of things and I will recommend it to my colleagues. The course is well-structured and it isn't difficult to complete. Every teacher can find many useful things here. I got acquainted with the teachers of different cultures and backgrounds, they are great as they all are here to learn and have a goal.

I am thankful to the mentors and the lead educator who encourage the participants with their comments and attitude.

I highly appreciate the work you are doing. Let God give health and strength to all the members of your team.
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