Unit aim

Provides the foundation for developing competence in students’ teaching skills and strategies by: (i) the study of contemporary theory and practice about effective classroom practice, and (ii) the satisfactory completion of a professional experience placement in schools.

Unit content

Module 1: Skills And Strategies For Teaching

Introduces students to the Orientation, Guided Discovery, Exploration and Reflection (OGER) framework. The framework provides a structure that allows for a deeper understanding of planning and an overview of the micro skills for teaching. Assessment as a way to address the learning intentions of lessons will also be addressed.

  • Orientation: Engaging diverse learners
  • Guided Discovery: Explicit teaching
  • Exploration: Student focussed practice
  • Reflection: Reviewing teaching and learning
  • Assessment

Module 2: Policy and Practice

  • The learning environment and managing student behaviour
  • Establishing a professional identity (Including alignment with the National Professional Standards for Graduate Teachers)
  • Preparation for practicum (including Code of Conduct, Anaphylaxis Training, Child Protection and Duty of Care Legislation)

Module 3: Professional Experience

Students will undertake 25 days of professional experience. The first five school visits will be observation.

  • Observation
  • Planning for teaching
  • Lesson implementation
  • Assessment
  • Reflection on practice
  • Meeting requirements

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Churchill, R. et al. , 2016, Teaching: Making a difference, 3rd, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Qld. ISBN: 9781118296233.

Session 2

  • Churchill, R. et al. , 2016, Teaching: Making a difference, 3rd, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Qld. ISBN: 9781118296233.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Structured online learning 1 hour (10 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (10 weeks)
Community/Professional placement 25 days (once)
Assessment
Lesson Plan and Rationale50%
ePortfolio50%
Professional Teaching FolderSR

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Structured online learning 1 hour (10 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (10 weeks)
Community/Professional placement 25 days (once)
Assessment
Lesson Plan and Rationale50%
ePortfolio50%
Professional Teaching FolderSR

Lismore

Teaching method
Structured online learning 1 hour (10 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (10 weeks)
Community/Professional placement 25 days (once)
Assessment
Lesson Plan and Rationale50%
ePortfolio50%
Professional Teaching FolderSR

Online

Teaching method
Community/Professional placement 25 days (once)
Tutorial online 2 hours (10 weeks)
Structured online learning 1 hour (10 weeks)
Assessment
Lesson Plan and Rationale50%
ePortfolio50%
Professional Teaching FolderSR
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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