HOW ARE WE GOING & WHERE TO NEXT?
The ninth edition of the Graduate Teacher Learning Series focuses on how to seek feedback on teaching and learning and what to do with that feedback. This edition includes articles on how to activate student voice and agency, how to manage your time effectively and why, as teachers, we need to seek feedback. We also have new Toolbox articles, a new Meet the Graduate video, and we continue our Playing with Podcasts series where we talk to graduates, their mentors and experts around Victoria.
PUBLISHED DATE: 18 September 2019
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THE TEACHING YEAR
In this edition, Belinda talks about staying well and suggests some tips and tricks that will help you through the cold season.
In each edition we will feature articles written by various authors around three key areas.
1. Student Engagement as a Behaviour Management Strategy
2. Teacher Wellbeing & Resilience
3. Using Formative Assessment to Improve Learning
The three feature articles for this edition can be accessed from the links below.
EMPOWERING STUDENT VOICE & AGENCY
By: Laura Zinghini is the Head of Arts at Melba Secondary College
“The students sitting in our classrooms right now need to have a voice.” Laura Zinghini on activating student voice and agency.
TIPS FOR TIME MANAGEMENT
These time management tips have been prepared with contributions from Benjamin Pisani (TLN), Lori Pereira, Michael Victory (TLN) & Jennifer Rundle (Courtenay Gardens Primary School).
Taking control of your time: some tips to support you in your first years of teaching.
AS TEACHERS WE ALSO NEED TO SEEK FEEDBACK
By: Prue Pisani, a primary teacher on secondment to the Department of Education & Training
Prue Pisani discusses why feedback and peer observation are so important to teachers.
MEET THE GRADUATE
“The best thing about it is seeing my children achieve new things … seeing that they’ve achieved so many wonderful things.”
Graduate Jana Torre from Broadmeadows Special Development Schools talks about being a graduate working with students with special needs.
PLAYING WITH PODCASTS
Playing with podcasts brings together the different perspectives of graduate teachers, mentors and experienced teachers.
“A great teacher needs to be really passionate about what they do.” Graduate teacher Jo Hayes and her Mentor Rachel Patterson at Grey Street Primary School
“An open mind and an absolute focus on the individual.” Expert teacher Nicole Edwards talks about using the Victorian Teaching and Learning Model at Sunshine Development School.
Interview with a Graduate
Interview with a Mentor
Interview with an Expert
MAKING THE MOST OF MENTOR CONVERSATIONS
Assistant Principal Julie Andrews from North Geelong Secondary College writes about the challenges and responsibilities that Term 4 brings, and reminds graduates and their mentors to take time to celebrate success.
UNDERSTANDING THE EDUCATION LANDSCAPE
Professional Development in education comes in a variety of forms, Kate Chinner talks about how to plan, research and access professional development.
WHAT WORKED FOR ME
Recent graduate teacher Noah Kim introduces useful numeracy and literacy resources.
GRADUATE TEACHER CONFERENCES
“Full of surprises” graduate teachers generously shared their metaphors for teacher identity at the 2019 Graduate Teacher Conferences.
SECURING YOUR FUTURE
This section is designed to help you consider the next steps in your career. In the next four editions, we will consider: Applying for the right positions (Edition 9), Presenting for interviews (Edition 10), Seeking help and assistance (Edition 11) and Considerations if employment is not immediate (Edition 12)
Wirnalung Ganai – Aboriginal Inclusion Plan – What does Aboriginal inclusion look like, feel like and sound like?
Victorian Institute of Teaching
The Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) is an independent statutory authority for the teaching profession, whose primary function is to regulate members of the teaching profession. It is a legal requirement for all teachers to be registered with VIT in order to be employed in a school or early childhood education and care service or Victorian children’s service.
The VIT specifies the requirements for moving from provisional to full registration on their website. After graduation, graduate teachers register with the VIT as provisionally registered teachers. To achieve full registration by the end of the second year of teaching, graduate teachers must provide the VIT with the evidence that they:
- have met the Australian Professional Standards for Teaching at the proficient teacher level using the inquiry approach, and
- have taught for a total of at least 80 days in one or more Australian or New Zealand schools or early childhood services.
Teacher mentors work with graduate teachers to undertake professional learning, which may include peer observation to continuously improve their teaching, collect evidence of their work and apply for full registration.
For further information see: www.vit.vic.edu.au/registered-teacher/moving-to-full-registration
eduPay is the Department’s HR and payroll system. You can apply for leave and check your leave and pay information using eduPay Employee Self Service (ESS).
You can login to eduPay System via your school internet connection at: https://edupay.eduweb.vic.gov.au/
If you wish to access eduPay and ESS from an external location, such as from home, you can login at: https://ess.sras.eduweb.vic.gov.au/
Edumail is the Department’s email system system. You can access your emails and digital communications using Edumail.
You can login to the Edumail System via the following linkt: https://www.edumail.vic.gov.au
Australian Education Union
The Australian Education Union (AEU) represent and advocate for all teachers, principals and support staff working in government schools, early childhood, TAFE, disability and adult education.
The AEU note that “graduate teachers face specific challenges at work” and have developed a specific resource for graduate teachers which includes a New Educators Network (NEN) and information about pay and conditions.
For further information see: https://www.aeuvic.asn.au/your-job/graduate-teachers
Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority
The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) provides high-quality curriculum, assessment and reporting advice for all Victorian students. Engagement with the resources will depend on the learning area and level being taught.
The following links will provide graduate teachers with further information regarding:
- Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF) – https://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Pages/earlyyears/index.aspx
- Victorian Curriculum F-10 – https://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/pages/foundation10/f10index.aspx
- National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) – https://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Pages/prep10/naplan/index.aspx
- Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) – https://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Pages/vce/index.aspx
- Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) – https://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Pages/vcal/index.aspx
The VCAA also implements Vocational Education and Training (VET) opportunities for senior secondary students and celebrate student achievement through excellence and awards programs, such as the Season of Excellence.
For further information see: https://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/
FUSE is a Department portal with a wide variety of teaching resources. You can use FUSE to:
- DISCOVER: filter, browse and discover resources for learning and teaching
- ENGAGE: immerse yourself in content with a range of great resource types, as a teacher you can even create groups and personalise resources
- SHARE: connect your learning and teaching with others by using the sharing features on all FUSE resources
You will need your eduMail details to access some features of FUSE, such as uploading your own content and sharing packages of resources.
For further information see: https://fuse.education.vic.gov.au/
In Our Classrooms
In Our Classrooms is an online space for teachers to find best practice approaches, evidence-based classroom resources, professional development opportunities and stories that celebrate the education profession. New articles are sent automatically in a newsletter each fortnight to all Victorian government school teachers, but In Our Classrooms is open to anyone interested in best practice in education and evidence-based teaching approaches.
For further information see: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/classrooms/Pages/default.aspx
To subscribe to In Our Classrooms: https://confirmsubscription.com/h/d/9DC75686B8867D58
The Victorian Teaching and Learning Model
The Victorian Teaching and Learning Model (VTLM) brings the framework for improving student outcomes (FISO) into the classroom. It creates a line of sight between the whole-school improvement approach and classroom practice.
The Victorian teaching and learning model consists of four components:
- A Vision for Learning helps create a unified set of values and beliefs to drive a high performance learning culture.
- The Practice Principles for excellence in teaching and learning (Practice Principles) are nine signature pedagogies which make the difference in improving student achievement and motivation.
- The Pedagogical Model describes what effective teaching looks like in the classroom and helps teachers apply the practice principles.
- The High Impact Teaching Strategies (HITS) are ten instructional practices that reliably increase student learning wherever they are applied.
The Literacy Teaching Toolkit
The Literacy Teaching Toolkit provides practical advice and high impact teaching practices that improve outcomes in reading, writing and speaking and listening. It includes specific resources for teaching literacy in Primary and Early Childhood as well as a guide to designed to support school leaders and teachers to understand and use the toolkit.
For further information see:
School Term Dates
You can access the School Term Dates and Holidays in Victoria through the following link:
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