Pttls Assessment 1

Neil Robinson, Reflective Account, PTTLS Level 3
Assessment 1
      1.1 The elements of the teaching cycle are as follows:
1: Initial assessment to identify learners’ needs
2: The planning and designing of the course or learning session
3: The delivery of the course or session
4: The recorded evaluation of the course or session

1: It is important to carry out an initial assessment of any learners, as this allows me as the teacher to gain information about the learners, and also gives me a starting reference point to plan the course in relation to learning styles, resources needed, type of delivery and pace of delivery. The more in-depth the initial assessment, the better prepared I can be as a teacher, and by incorporating a learning styles questionnaire I can take into account what learners’ needs are as individuals and a group.
By using an application form I can find information such as previous courses attended, experience, ability, depth of knowledge and specific learning needs (dyslexia, dyspraxia, etc), although interviews, diagnostic assessment and psychometric testing are all effective methods that can also be used.
The initial assessment will also allow me to agree with the learner and formulate an ILP (Individual Learning Plan), which provide a good reference tool for learners to plan their learning and development, providing factual information about the learner/employer/training provider and the course, summarising the initial assessment, highlighting their strengths and weaknesses, learning goals and training delivery, and also any amendments to the delivery plan during the course. ILP’s are becoming more common as a requirement of education providers and work based learning funders.

2: The planning and designing of the course or session is fundamental to the delivery of training, as it defines how the learning is to be achieved, and so is in essence the point of deciding, composing and practising the learning delivery that is to take...