Professional growth plans can take many forms. They can be textual or graphical. They can include mind maps or web formats. Whatever the format, the plan must demonstrate a relationship to the Teaching Quality Standard and include the following essential information:
- Indicators or measures of success
- Teaching Quality Standard reference
- Reflections and implications
Tool 3.1: Guiding Questions to Develop Your Professional Growth Plan
Sample Professional Growth PlansTop of page
Following are several templates that can be used to develop a professional growth plan. Choose the one that best suits your needs.
Developing Learning GoalsTop of page
Growth is a result of working towards your goals. Specific goals help direct your professional development activities. A goal may be to “learn about the Internet”. A more specific goal would be “to integrate the Internet as a teaching and learning resource”. Think about what makes goals worth pursuing.
- have substance and meaning for the teacher;
- stretch current thinking and practice;
- can be achieved and, therefore, don’t lead to frustration; and
- have deadlines that help to ensure that the goal is attained.
A common technique for writing goals is to think about SMART goals.
S—specific and contextual
A—achievable within the resources
Action Words for Developing SMART goals:
Tool 3.2: Identification of Your Professional Development Goals