Session Planning

Reflective Journal 1: Presentation about legislation and codes of practice

As part of the PTTLS course the whole class was asked to do a presentation about legislation and codes of practice relating to teaching in the lifelong learning sector, including how we meet equality and diversity. This was following a tutor lesson that covered relevant legislation.

We were given a week to prepare this and were told by our tutor that we would be presenting this in front of the rest of the class. We were also told the presentations should last for only five minutes.

Before planning a presentation or lesson, it is really important that you identify and understand your learners needs; this can be done at the application process through initial assessments, which is a formal way of ascertaining your learners prior skills and knowledge and whether they have any specific needs, so you can help them in meeting the requirements of the subject and course they are doing. This will also help you ensure you are meeting equality and diversity requirements.

Initial assessment is something I do in my usual work role, in assessing childminders to become members of a quality first scheme and I must make certain I put this into my teaching practice. This allows me to differentiate and ensure individual needs are met. I can then ensure the learner knows what is expected of them, identify any specific additional support needs and identify their learning styles, so I can plan teaching methods appropriate to the whole class. You should then continue to review learners’ progress, for example through tutorials.

Some learners will have barriers or challenges that may affect their learning, which you will need to address as soon as possible, if it has not been identified in the initial assessment. Some examples of these could be: their level of ability in literacy skills, access or fear of technology, dyslexia, behavioural difficulties, a disability they have not told you about, family...