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The professional practice and seminar program provides an integrated focus for all subjects across the semester and addresses teacher candidates’ developing understandings of professional knowledge, professional practice and professional engagement in early years classrooms. The school placement focuses on teacher candidates’ demonstrated capacity to teach independently, addressing all curriculum domains and the learning needs of individual students. This subject uses theoretical driven and empirically informed tools (eg. CLASS, 3A) to build a range of effective teaching and learning strategies. Teacher candidates are mentored by experienced teachers in collaboration with Clinical Specialists who are engaged in the on-campus teaching program.
The professional practice seminars support teacher candidates’ ongoing learning about how theory informs practice. The seminars provide opportunities to examine theoretical frameworks and associated practical tasks assigned during the placement that assist candidates to identify and address the learning needs of students in early years classrooms. Seminars include class presentations, analysis of assessment tasks and in-depth reflection on theory and practice for teaching in the early years classroom. Teacher Candidates will provide evidence of their development as an interventionist classroom practitioner during the Clinical Praxis Examination.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject teacher candidates should be able to:
- Apply professional criteria to their own teaching and professional activity;
- Synthesise their theoretical and practical understandings of teaching in early years classrooms;
- Collect evidence of children’ s learning, and analyse to purposefully plan and implement specific programs for individual children;
- Develop skills and strategies to ensure the emotional, organisational and instructional support of individual children across a range of settings;
- Use constructive feedback and discussion to evaluate and reflect on values and practices in relation to professional practice;
- Communicate effectively with other professionals, parents and children;
- Promote the profession of teaching in the wider community.
On completion of this subject, students will have the knowledge, skills and understanding to enable them to:
- Be skilled communicators who can effectively articulate and justify their professional practice in teaching
- Be flexible and able to adapt to change through knowing how to learn;
- Understand the significance of developing their practice on the basis of research evidence;
- Work in teams with skills in cooperation, communication and negotiation;
- Be independent of mind, responsible, resilient, self-regulating;
- Have a conscious personal and social values base that is evident in their teaching.
Last updated: 3 November 2022