“A Self-Directed, Responsible, Lifelong Learner who develops and demonstrates their God-given potential”.
Catholic Graduate Expectation #4 especially pertains to the OCT Standard of “Ongoing Professional Learning.” A Catholic graduate and a Catholic educator will set goals in the school, the workplace, and at home. A teacher who is dedicated to further professional development will manage resources and time appropriately. He or she will also take initiative and demonstrate Christian leadership.
I have included the assignment from Module 1, “Professional Standards,” in which comparisons and connections were made between the OCT Standards of Practice, Ethical Standards, and the Catholic Graduate Expectations. In viewing the chart, it is evident that there are stark correlations between both sets of standards.
Lifelong learning pertains to the perception that everything about the learning process is cyclical. In other words, the more you repeat the cycle, the more you learn and the more you retain. Another aspect of this includes the concept that you will discover something new upon further iterations of the same material. This cannot be overstated, because Scripture alone offers so much to be discovered upon multiple readings.
Also included in this arena is the assignment that considers values and trends in the 21st century classroom. As teachers, we cannot become complacent in our instructional methods and our viewpoints. As the CGE states, we must be flexible and adaptable in this ever changing educational landscape. Effective teachers are reflective practitioners, and so one must constantly be examining and reflecting on the values and aspirations that influence choices and opportunities.
Having the astuteness to recognize these trends and values lends itself to becoming a self-directed learner. When you are a self-directed learner, you are developing a growth mindset. That is, your attitude is an essential part of your mental development. When we are living a Christian life that is rooted in faith and the Gospel, we are immersing ourselves in positive emotions and feelings of self-worth. This attitude empowers us to take assertive action towards our goals and our professional development.