Kathy Manson explores potential avenues of professional development for ADIs, including courses from the DIA that can help you advance.Professional development is an important part of being a driving instructor. The skills and knowledge you’ll need to teach your pupils change over time, as do the driving tests and the way driving is taught.To give your pupils the best chance of becoming safe, responsible drivers and passing their tests, you’ll need to keep your skills and knowledge up to date. It’s also important to show your pupils that you’re still improving your skills: no one ever really finishes learning to drive. You’ve read Carly’s article on why professional development is important. So what is on offer for ADIs who wish to develop their career? Here are some of the most common next steps for ADIs. So, before a company like Merck – or any company for that matter – can determine a plan of action to prevent the next cyberattack, it must consider why the attack happened in the first place. With that in mind, let’s explore a few narratives that could come into play in the process of becoming a cyberattack target.
- Actively listen to what your pupils are trying to tell you about what’s getting in the way
- Don’t hide behind a façade, patronise your pupils or pretend to be something you’re not.
- Show them you trust that they’re trying to be constructive and find solutions.
You might want to use some coaching techniques with your learners. These are tools that help you to teach in a client-centred way. For instance, you might use scaling to help a learner assess their progress, or mind-mapping to help a learner to explore a subject. If you’re a driving instructor you may already be using coaching techniques with your learners without even knowing it.
You may already be following these principles at least some of the time. The more you use this approach, the more effective your instruction is likely to be. There are lots of different techniques for managing learning in a client-centred way: this is a great area to explore in your professional development.DIA offers a course on the applied coach approach. This illustrates how coaching principles can be used to help learners identify obstacles to their learning and develop strategies to overcome them.
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The standards check is compulsory professional development for ADIs. The ADI standards check replaced the ADI check test in April 2014. The ADI standards check assesses your ability to teach pupils. You have to take at least one ADI standards check during each four-year period that you’re registered as an ADI. You have to take a standards check even if you don’t have a car or aren’t working as an ADI. You can only take standards checks in English or Welsh.