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What is to be shared….
• What is Self-directed Growth?
• What are the factors of Self-Growth?
• What actions are Involved in Self-Growth?
– Self-Directed Learning
– Self-Directed Professional Development
– Strategies for Self-Directed Professional Development
• Journal Writing
• Analyzing Critical Incidents
• Action Research
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What is Self-Directed Growth
• It is a lifelong process. It's a way for people to
assess their skills and qualities, consider their
aims in life and set goals in order to realise
and maximise their potential.
• A step-by-step process that will help you
identify what it is you really want, what’s
preventing you from getting it, and how to
break through any barriers to take action and
transform your life forever. (Anthony Robbins)
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Factors of Self-Directed Growth
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Actions for Self-Directed Growth
• Self-Directed Learning (SDL):
– In self-directed learning (SDL), the individual takes the
initiative and the responsibility for what occurs. Individuals
select, manage, and assess their own learning activities,
which can be pursued at any time, in any place, through
any means, at any age. In schools, teachers can work
toward SDL a stage at a time.
• Collaborative Learning:
– The term "collaborative learning" refers to an instruction
method in which learners at various performance levels
work together in small groups toward a common goal. The
learners are responsible for one another's learning as well
as their own. Thus, the success of one learner helps other
students to be successful.
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Actions for Self-Directed Growth
• Reflective Practices:
– Reflective practice is, in its simplest form, thinking about
or reflecting on what you do. It is closely linked to the
concept of learning from experience, in that you think
about what you did, and what happened, and decide
from that what you would do differently next time.
• Experiential Learning:
– Experiential learning is the process of learning through
experience, and is more specifically defined as
"learning through reflection on doing". Experiential
learning is distinct from rote or didactic learning, in
which the learner plays a comparatively passive role.
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• A particular attitude toward learning, one in
which.. The learner is prepared to take
responsibility for his own learning.
BROCKET and HIEMSTRA (1991)
• Self-Planned learning
• Autonomous Learning
• Independent Study
• Distance Education
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Self-Directed Professional Development
• When a person engages in self-directed
learning, he or she (1) selects the topic, (2)
decides when to start exploring, and (3) when
to stop. Starting self-directed learning is
related to a need.
• Training Programs
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STRATEGIES for SELF-DIRECTED
• Contribute to main Goal
• Allow learner to become more self-directed
• Expand the Role of Teacher
• Make them Problem-Oriented
• Take Specific Actions for Learner
• Involvement of many Aspects of Learner
• Support Learner (Directly/Indirectly)
• Are not Always observable
• Are often Conscious
• Can be taught
• Are flexible
• Are Influenced by variety of Factors.
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• Self-monitoring, or the capacity to observe (or
measure) and evaluate one's behavior is an
important component of executive
functioning in human behavior.
• Activities in which information about one’s
teaching is documented or recorded in order
to self-monitoring of language teaching.
– Lesson Reports
– Audio-Recording a Lesson
– Video-Recording a Lesson
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• An ongoing written account of observations,
reflections, and other thoughts about
teaching, usually in the form of notebook,
book, or electronic mode, which serves a
source of discussion, reflection, or evaluation.
• A journal is a written record of your thoughts,
experiences, and observations. You can write
in your journal daily, or only when you feel the
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Goals and Benefits of Journal
• Discovering Meaning.
• Caring for self.
• Making connections.
• Installing values.
• Gaining perspectives.
• Reflecting Professional roles.
• Critical thinking skills.
• Developing Affective skills.
• Improving skills.
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Analyzing Critical Incidents
The term critical incident refers to a communication situation,
which the participants (or one participant) consider as
problematic and confusing, even amusing. Critical incidents
are occasions that stay in mind. Typically, critical incidents
consists of examples of cultural clash events - situations
where unexpected behavior occurs - with suggestions on how
to solve these situations.
Critical incidents gives us any type of lesson which is related
• Interpretation of an event.
• Value judgment.
• Significance meaning of the incident.
Critical incidents arises questions which are:
• What Happened?
• Why It Happened?
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• Portfolios serve as tools for reflection, a way
to thoughtfully document teaching practices
and progress toward goals. Portfolio entries
can inform professional growth plans.
• Richard and Farrell (2005) defined as:
“A collection of documents and other items
that provides information about different
aspects of teacher’s work”.
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A portfolio is a valuable aid in professional development for
three important reasons which are:
• Level of personal investment
• Preparation of portfolio
• Discipline-based pedagogy
Broadly, the habit of keeping teaching portfolios empowers
teachers with reflective strategies to help understand
themselves as learners.
• Kerr (1999)
He said that “portfolio documents your growth in three areas:
• Developing self-awareness
• Managing emotions
• Building relationships
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• studies carried out in the course of an activity
or occupation, typically in the field of
education, to improve the methods and
approach of those involved.
Action Research Goals/Benefits:
• Improve the teaching
• Improve learning environment
• Enabling teachers growth
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Phases of Action Research
Research phases are:
• Collecting Data
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