Reflection and recognition - CSciTeach
Flipping through the latest issue of Education in Science I happened across my name in print as having been awarded Chartered Science Teacher (CSciTeach). I had actually found out in November shortly after it had been awarded, and have the certificate (and badge!) to prove it - but it was still a nice surprise.
I had fallen out a little with social media at the time so thought I'd seize this as an opportunity to blog about it now. In ITE I think it's important to practise what we preach and we are constantly stating the importance of reflection and being a reflective practitioner. This process allowed me reflect on and consider in detail the aspects of my work relating to science education - it may not yet have led to any tangible benefits (other than the badge!) beyond the process itself. But it does feel good to have gone through that process and have a panel review your work and get their recognition that it is worthy of chartered status.
I also seem to have found myself on a pilot of a new pathway to Certified Membership of the Association of Learning Technologists (CMALT) so am about to embark on some detailed reflection on how I use technology to support teaching and learning. If anyone reading this has completed a CMALT portfolio any advice will be greatly received! This academic year is definitely proving to be one of reflection.