In Embedded Professional Learning 4 (EPL 4), pre-service teachers consolidate all aspects of managing the learning of others. Their observations/teaching increases to half to two-thirds of a full teaching load. They are encouraged to take a lead role in planning and implementing continuous teaching, learning and management of the classroom. Reflections on this experience should focus on the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate Career Stage).
Detailed Task Description
EPL 4 includes
A school placement resulting in the completion of the Final Professional Experience Recommendation.
The compilation of a Working Portfolio over the duration of the placement
Continued development of a Professional e.Portfolio through Mahara.
The School Placement:
EPL 4 is structured as:
• 5 week (25 day) block
The details of the assessable components are outlined in the Embedded Professional Learning 4 (Secondary) Information and Reporting Booklet. These materials are issued to you by your Teaching School Coordinator.
The Working Portfolio:
The purpose of a Working Portfolio is to validate, with evidence, the pre-service teacher's performance during EPL 4. It is a working document that provides a record of the pre-service teacher's preparation, planning, observations and reflections.
All preparation and planning for a day must be shown to the Mentor Teacher at a regular and agreed time (usually at the beginning of the teaching day). All observation, reflections and follow up tasks must be written up and presented to the Mentor Teacher the following day. An incomplete working portfolio (planning, reflections or observations not complete) will result in an unsatisfactory rating for that EPL day. Please note the consequence of an unsatisfactory rating as stated in the EPL Handbook.
Pre-service teachers must be able to produce their working portfolio to the Teaching School Coordinator, the Lead Learning Manager or the Mentor Teacher at any time throughout EPL 4 or on its conclusion.
The following sections are expected components of the working portfolio:
1. EPL experience notes/School Policy Documents
2. Teaching Preparation/Planning
5. Daily Reflections
Pre-service teachers should consult the EPL Handbook for elaborations on the Working Portfolio.
During and after the EPL 4 school placement you are required to:
Continue to develop your professional e.portfolio by continuing to collect resources and information from your practicum experience.
Include materials that demonstrate practical application of each of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate Career Stage).