**If this post had a theme song it would be to the tune of REM’s Losing My Religion. It keeps popping into my head as I write the title, random I know, I think the mere thought of the Institute if Teachers makes me a little crazy**
I like to rant about the Institute, I do it often. This is not one of my rants (though it does contain a recap if past rants).
For any non teachers who are still reading, the institute is a government body responsible for overseeing the accreditation of teachers in NSW. You have 3 years after graduating to become accredited (by compiling “evidence”) and after that you must maintain your accreditation every 5 years by completing 100hours of professional development (half in registered courses and half that you do yourself, attending meeting, unregistered courses, reading etc)
My main gripe with the institute is that they haven’t extended my 5year accreditation due to my 2 lots of maternity leave and 18months of working part time. I should have an extension of 3yrs and 1 term. So despite several phone calls, emails and a letter signed by my principal, the institute still say my accreditation period ends in April 2013.
The problem is I am short 40.5 hours of teacher identified PD. Given I am returning to work in Feb 2013, this is going to be very tricky.
I have a plan- firstly pull out my old teachers diaries and log the meetings I went to that covered things like ICT, ESL, G&T etc. I can probably get 15-20hrs there.
The idea for the second part of my plan came from a friend. During my last Facebook rant about the IofT she asked “do you do any professional reading eg blogs, RSS feeds, twitter, journals etc?”. While the answer should have been yes, it’s was not. BUT I’M STARTING NOW!
So I’m going to start doing some professional reading and post my reflections here on my blog.
Now because many of us are stuck in this awesome system – I’m going to help you maintain your accreditation as well. I’ll link the reading and also include the standards that it addresses, so if you read it too, you are also maintaining your accreditation. Teacher collaboration!
Help me out, if you follow a good blog, follow someone insightful twitter or read an interesting article – send it my way!
Stay tuned the first one is going to be about the National Curriculum.