EDFE20034 - Professional Praxis 1: Learning, Teaching and Planning
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This is the first in-school placement for Master of Teaching pre-service teachers. In this unit you will be introduced to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers to explore and analyse the role of teachers in 21st century society. Through exploring the Professional Standards, you will develop a theoretical and practical application of your ability to plan and teach effectively, manage effectively, assess and record learning and display dispositions of appropriate professional conduct. You will complete a 20 day continuous block placement in a school under the mentorship of a supervising teacher and complete set tasks for this placement as outlined in the Information and Guidelines for the Supervision of Pre-service Teachers booklet. A major emphasis of this unit is on your development of the disposition for ongoing professional learning through reflection on the professional role and responsibilities of teachers and evaluation of models of effective teaching practice. You will monitor your professional learning through critical reflection and by selecting evidence of your practice that demonstrates focus areas of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers to begin your professional e-portfolio. The block placement culminates in the completion of a summative report that measures the standard that has been achieved by you through comparing it against the relevant Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate Career Stage) for this stage of your development at the end of your first in-school placement. You must pass all assessment tasks to pass this unit.

Details

Career Level Postgraduate
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 7
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Mixed Mode

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment Pass/Fail
2. Professional Practice Placement Pass/Fail
3. Portfolio Pass/Fail

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

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  • Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework)
  • Review of Grade Procedure
  • Academic Misconduct Procedure
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – Domestic Students
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – International Students
  • Refund and Excess Payments (Credit Balances) Policy and Procedure
  • Student Feedback – Compliments and Complaints Policy and Procedure
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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
The content was interesting and helpful to support the in-school placement Student Evaluation Continue to ensure the course materials support the in-school placement.
The textbook is an excellent resource. Student Evaluation Maintain textbook.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Prepare for teaching through effective planning strategies at an introductory level
  2. Enact teaching through effective teaching practice at an introductory level
  3. Create safe and supportive learning environments through effective classroom management at an introductory level
  4. Assess and record learning at an introductory level
  5. Interpret and apply the key responsibilities of teachers through appropriate professional conduct at an introductory level
  6. Use the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers to monitor professional learning and identify strategies for responding to feedback and self-evaluation to improve practice.

Successful completion of this unit provides opportunities for students to demonstrate the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers focus areas of:

1.1 Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students

2.2 Content selection and organisation

2.5 Literacy and Numeracy strategies

3.1 Establish challenging learning goals

3.5 Use effective classroom communication

3.6 Evaluate and improve teaching programs

4.1 Support student participation

4.2 Manage classroom activities

4.4 Maintain student safety

5.1 Assess student learning

5.2 Provide feedback to students on their learning

5.4 Interpret student data

6.1 Identify and plan professional learning needs

6.2 Engage in professional learning and improve practice

6.3 Engage with colleagues and improve practice

6.4 Apply professional learning and improve student learning

7.1 Meet professional ethics and responsibilities

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment          
2 - Professional Practice Placement
3 - Portfolio

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Knowledge
2. Communication
3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4. Research          
5. Self-management
6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7. Leadership        

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment      
2 - Professional Practice Placement    
3 - Portfolio    

Prescribed Textbooks

Teaching and Learning: Building Effective Pedagogies
Author/s: Howell, J Year: 2014
Edition: Publisher: Oxford University Press
City: South Melbourne State: VIC
Country: Australia
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

This text is also available as an ebook.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorRickie Fisher (r.j.fisher@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Expectations and Professional Conduct

Week 2 13-03-2017

The Standards, Professional Growth and Development

Week 3 20-03-2017

Reflection and Observation

Response to Stimulus Due Friday (24 Mar 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 4 27-03-2017

What do we Teach - Curriculum Context

Week 5 03-04-2017

Planning for Teaching - Effective Lesson Planning

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Communicating Effectively in the Classroom

Week 7 24-04-2017

Managing the Learning Environment

Week 8 01-05-2017

Effective Teaching Strategies

Week 9 08-05-2017

Responding to Feedback

Week 10 15-05-2017

Assessing and Recording Learning

Week 11 22-05-2017

The ePortfolio

Week 12 29-05-2017

Block Placement Preparation and Requirements

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

Please refer to the Professional Praxis calendar for the specific dates for this placement to occur. This calendar can be downloaded from the moodle site for this unit.

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Response to Stimulus
Task Description

Watch the Illustration of Practice entitled “Using and adapting resources” available from the AITSL website which links to Standard 6.1.

Write a 500-1000 word response that addresses the three discussion questions based on the illustration:

1. Have you consulted the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers to identify your professional learning needs?

2. Do you think the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers would assist you to plan, implement and reflect on your teaching?

3. In what ways would the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers assist you to prepare a professional portfolio?

Your response should identify how you could use the standards as the focus for evaluation of teaching practice and reflection on the professional role and responsibilities of teachers and to select appropriate evidence for the ePortfolio during Professional Praxis 1.

Some tips for the completion of this task:

This is a reflective response, please do not just answer the three questions.

Include an introduction and conclusion with your response.

Headings are not necessary in your response, but if you set it out the way that is recommended you will include what is needed.

References to AITSL are needed within your response, other sources can also be included.

A sample structure for this task:

Introduction:

  • Include one or two sentences that introduce the reader to what this response focuses on.
  • Although traditionally 2 sentences do not make a paragraph, in this case your scholarly writing will not be penalized.
  • Limit this section to approximately 50 words.

For example (please do not copy this)…

The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers have been designed to ensure high quality teaching in Australian schools (AITSL, 2014). This reflective response identifies how the Standards can be used to evaluate teaching practice and reflect on the professional role and responsibilities of teachers.

Body of the response

  • Include your responses to the three questions posed at the end of the video (and listed above in this task descriptor).
  • However do not just answer the questions one after another.
  • Synthesize your answers into a response that flows – approximately 3 paragraphs (400 words).

For example (please do not copy this)

The Professional Standards can be used to evaluate one’s teaching practice in several ways. Firstly they can help me to audit my professional knowledge and practice by using the Standards as a continuum of what I do well and what I need to improve. For example, as a future registered school teacher I …..

Conclusion:

  • Conclude your response by summarizing the main points you have made.
  • Allow one or two sentences to do this, but try to limit the word count to approximately 50 words in this section.

For example (please do not copy this)

In conclusion, the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers…….

Assessment Due Date Week 3 Friday (24-Mar-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Feedback on this assessment response will be provided in sufficient time to allow for academic support and advice as necessary to inform students' responses to the next assessment task.
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria
  • Critical reflection on the role of professional standards in guiding ongoing learning.
  • Demonstrated understanding of teaching as professional work.
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Pass
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Upload the task through the link on the Moodle site for Assessment Task 1 (See the Assessment Block)

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

6. Use the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers to monitor professional learning and identify strategies for responding to feedback and self-evaluation to improve practice.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility



2 Professional Practice Placement

Assessment Title In-school Placement
Task Description

Undertake a 20 day supervised placement in a school setting as a continuous block and complete all tasks outlined in the Professional Praxis 1 Information and Reporting booklet. The placement will be organised by the relevant University Professional Practice staff member on each campus.

During the block placement, pre-service teachers are expected to build on their level of engagement in the day-to-day organisation and management of teaching and learning.

There are weekly on-line tutorials conducted during Weeks 1 – 11. Attendance is required at 80% of the scheduled classes. Failure to attend (or view recordings) may result in the discontinuation onto the block placement component of this placement.

An up-to-date working portfolio must be maintained throughout the placement to record all planning, teaching, assessment, evaluation and reflection undertaken.

Daily critical reflection will be framed by a series of self-devised questions that examine the nature of ethical practice in diverse educational settings and that identify direct links to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate Career Stage).

At the end of Week 2, students are required to complete the Pre-service Teacher Self-Evaluation and the Literacy and Numeracy Checklist. Students should synthesise any feedback provided to date and the results from the self-evaluation and literacy and numeracy checklist to construct a detailed plan for professional development throughout the remainder of the placement. This plan must be submitted to the supervising teacher for feedback and negotiation of the student’s professional learning experiences for the remainder of the placement.

Assessment for this task will be completed by supervising teachers using the formats for reporting included in the Professional Praxis 1 Information and Reporting booklet.

Full details of specific tasks for this placement are outlined in the Professional Praxis 1 Information and Reporting booklet.

Assessment Due Date As per approved Professional Praxis Calendar
Return Date to Students The Professional Praxis booklet will be returned to the student once signed by the University Professional Praxis Coordinator.
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

As per the Professional Praxis 1 Information and Reporting booklet.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Pass
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Hard copy

The final summative report must be submitted to the university once completed and signed by the Supervising Teacher, Pre-Service Teacher and the Site Coordinator before being returned to the university.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Prepare for teaching through effective planning strategies at an introductory level

2. Enact teaching through effective teaching practice at an introductory level

3. Create safe and supportive learning environments through effective classroom management at an introductory level

4. Assess and record learning at an introductory level

5. Interpret and apply the key responsibilities of teachers through appropriate professional conduct at an introductory level

6. Use the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers to monitor professional learning and identify strategies for responding to feedback and self-evaluation to improve practice.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility



3 Portfolio

Assessment Title ePortfolio
Task Description

This task marks the start of your ePortfolio. Each Professional Praxis unit will have the requirement of adding to this same ePortfolio which will culminate in Professional Praxis 4 as a completed portfolio demonstrating evidence of all focus areas of the Professional Standards. This assessment task provides opportunities for students to demonstrate aspects of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers in authentic professional learning contexts through demonstrating evidence of working towards the focus areas of 6.1 and 6.2 .

An ePortfolio (electronic portfolio) is a carefully considered selection of key materials and examples (artefacts) directly related to demonstrating evidence of understanding the practical application of the Professional Standards at Graduate Career Stage.

ePortfolio requirements for Professional Praxis 1:

You are required to select examples from the planning, teaching and assessment tasks you completed during your placement for the purpose of evaluating your classroom practice and the impact your decisions had on student learning.

Your selected artefacts should include the following:

  • A sequence of two lesson plans on the same topic, concept or skill. The sequence of lessons can come from any learning area and may be for a small group or whole class.
  • A sample of students’ work from the lessons you have selected that shows whether the students met the intended learning goals. Samples may include worksheets, tasks completed by the learners or records of learners’ responses to questions you used to check for learning.
  • Copies of classroom observations completed by your supervising teacher at least one of which should be related to the lesson plans you have chosen for analysis.

Write a commentary on your selected artefacts that responds to the following questions. Your commentary should make explicit links to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers that you have engaged with to plan, teach and assess student learning in your chosen lessons and should be no more than 750 words in length. Use the following questions to guide your commentary.

  • What knowledge, understanding and skills were the focus for teaching and learning in your lessons?
  • How did you sequence the instructional steps in your lessons to support students’ understanding and demonstration of the intended learning goals?
  • What strategies did you use to check for understanding? Did these strategies provide you with enough information to know whether the learning goals had been met?
  • What evidence do the work samples show of student learning and achievement?
  • How did you use the assessment information from lesson 1 to plan for the follow-up lesson in the sequence?
  • What would you change or do differently next time to enhance your teaching practice and improve student learning?

The portfolio must be created using Mahara. You will find the link to the Mahara platform on the Moodle site for this unit.

Once complete, share your portfolio with your lecturer for viewing through creating a "Secret URL" - See the instructions in Topic 11 on the Moodle site for this unit.

This 'Secret URL" is what you upload into the "Assessment Task 3: ePortfolio" upload link on the moodle site for this unit.

Assessment Due Date Monday 26th June 2017 23.45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Feedback on the final assessment task will be provided following moderation and prior to the date of certification of grades for the term.
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Standards as a framework for evaluating teaching practice
  • Knowledge and understanding of the relationship between learning goals, teaching and learning and assessment
  • Application of assessment information to future planning
  • Evaluation of teaching practice and identification of strategies to improve student learning
  • Personal and academic literacy
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Pass
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Upload the "Secret URL" for the portfolio through the link on the Moodle site for Assessment Task 3 (See the Assessment Block)

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Prepare for teaching through effective planning strategies at an introductory level

2. Enact teaching through effective teaching practice at an introductory level

3. Create safe and supportive learning environments through effective classroom management at an introductory level

4. Assess and record learning at an introductory level

5. Interpret and apply the key responsibilities of teachers through appropriate professional conduct at an introductory level

6. Use the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers to monitor professional learning and identify strategies for responding to feedback and self-evaluation to improve practice.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility




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