Who am I and where am I going?

Who am I and where am I going?

A reflection session to assist educators in completing the IQMS PGP


Jika Communication and Training welcome you to this short reflection activity entitled:  Who am I and where am I going? A reflection activity to assist teachers in completing the IQMS PGP.

This course is a two-hour reflection session in which the learner is taken on a personal journey, during which s/he considers his/her career and how to travel to the next level in order to grow professionally, but also to achieve some measure of work satisfaction.


Why a course of this nature?

Teachers are growing in confidence and there is a growth in knowledge, but, according the international TIMMS Report “Beyond Benchmarks” HSRC, DBE, TIMSS (2015): p 31, teachers are not satisfied with their career choice:

Although mathematics and science teachers seemed to view themselves as confident or well prepared, there was a far more subdued response when it came to questions about career satisfaction….Only 45 per cent of learners attending no-fee public schools were taught by teachers who expressed satisfaction with their profession.

This is borne out by the lack of wellness in many South African schools:

Teachers enter the profession with high expectations, a vision for the future, and a mission to educate children. The demands, pressures and conditions they work under can stifle this zeal and present obstacles to achieving their mission. There are a variety of factors which contribute to stress, demoralisation, and dropout of teachers. These include student discipline and apathy, lack of professional support, insufficient financial support from education departments and school governing bodies, lack of community support, poor image of the profession, pressure from unions, of the profession and role ambiguity (Gold & Roth, 1993). This leads to disillusionment and eventually even burnout (Mesthrie, 1999)”.

We hope that by analysing issues in your life and by approaching challenges positively, this reflection session will have an impact on adding some value to your professional and personal life.

Table of Contents

Unit 1: Who am I?

  • Am I a self-manager?
  • Where do my issues get in the way of my professional happiness?

Unit 2: Where am I going?

  • Am I a teacher for life or am I waiting for a better opportunity?

Unit 3: How do I get to where I want to be?

  • Knowledge?
  • Skills?
  • Attitudes?

Unit 4: Why should I embrace CPTD?

  • SACE compliance
  • IQMS compliance
  • Personal Pride
  • Lifelong learners survive the world of work and are happier people

Unit 5: Why should I spend more time on the IQMS?  It’s just another government form?

  • It’s part of your job
  • It’s a great way of doing a personal audit of who you are, where you are going and how to get there.
  • It’s so quick and easy if you link it to the CPTD.
  • It’s so productive if you spend some time (whilst earning CPTD points!) doing it meaningfully.