The Beginning Teacher's Toolbox

Being a beginning teacher is thrilling but exhausting.  This is an opportunity to get tips and tricks to manage the workload and be an effective practitioner.
Target Audience
This session is aimed at Victorian teachers in their first two years of teaching. Examples will mainly be given from a secondary school perspective.
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Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

Your first year of teaching is going to be as challenging as it is rewarding. Being prepared is the key. This professional development session will look at how to manage all of the firsts you will encounter such as: communicating effectively with parents; writing reports; creating classroom management plans; working with Domain Leaders and Year Level Co-ordinators; planning and documenting curriculum; effective assessment; tips on getting organised for full VIT registration.

There will be interactive aspects of all sessions and an opportunity to exchange ideas with others. You will walk away invigorated, with a plethora of resources and hopefully having had some fun too!

Audience

This session is aimed at Victorian teachers in their first two years of teaching. Examples will mainly be given from a secondary school perspective.

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

Most TTA online courses are available with an Online Subscription. For a little more than the price of one course, you can gain up to 20 PD hours per year. Learn more HERE.

A normal online course is delivered over 1-12 weeks and is worth from 3-12 PDhrs depending on the course content and its objectives. Participants will not need to take time off, the course date is the START date only, end dates will be advertised with course hours.

This course is aimed at assisting beginning teachers with the challenges they face in their new employment, covering everything from setting up your classroom effectively, writing curriculum, reports and dealing with difficult students. Also covers VIT registration.

Teachers outside of Victoria are welcome to join the course. It has great advice, resources, and practical strategies for new teachers.

Validation:Teachers outside of Victoria, this course will not be accredited, check with your registration body to see if it may be teacher identified.

Getting Online


Please note that this is an Online learning format and we use the platform Open Learning. You have a set time-frame to complete the course and can so at your own pace within the start and end dates (advertised – select ‘See More’ in the ‘Occurrence’ section below). There are no set times where you have to attend any webinars etc, everything you need will be within the Open Learning Platform. If you have any problems navigating Open Learning please contact either admin@tta.edu.au or your Presenter and we will do all we can we can to assist you.


This course contributes to 6.0 professional development hours.

Occurrences

There are no occurrences of Online - Individual in Australia (VIC) at this time.

Sessions

Starting the Year Effectively

1 hour

This session looks at tips and tricks for starting the year in an organised way, both in terms of administration and in setting guidelines as to how you want your classes to work. Some time and effort here will lead to greater success as the year progresses.

Writing Curriculum

1 hour

At some time during your first year, you will be made responsible for putting together a unit of work. This unit assists you to break this into logical chunks to write something that will allow students to achieve their best.

Dealing with Difficult People

1 hour

This session certainly gives you tips on student management, but also on how to deal with difficult adults, whether they be parents or co-workers.

Writing Reports

1 hour

Writing reports can be tricky, and there are some basic tips for how to make these both relevant and professional. This also includes tips for how to gather and store data to feed into reports.

VIT Registration

1 hour

This session assists you to begin your VIT registration process.

Make Your Start

1 hour

This session is an opportunity to put together and make plans for implementing information from the previous sessions.

User Rating

4.5

Latest Reviews

Please note the feedback listed here is unfiltered, and includes all comments and ratings collected.

The Beginning Teacher's Toolbox
by Adam Cole on 07/12/2015

I found aspects of this course useful. A few ‘tools’ to add to my growing ‘toolbox’. I liked seeing other new teachers comments. Helped me remember that I am not the only new teacher in the state. However, I found a few of the topics/case studies a little bland. Perhaps they could be ‘spiced up’ a bit to stimulate interest?

The Beginning Teacher's Toolbox
by Melanie Tutty on 06/10/2015

I found the course helpful in building practical teaching strategies in the classroom. It was good to interact with other teachers and view different ways of addressing classroom management.

The Beginning Teacher's Toolbox
by Lynette Thackray on 22/09/2015

This course is well set out and has a lot of useful tips, suggestions and activities to complete. My favorite module (and the one I found to be the most helpful) was the one on report writing and I especially liked the page with helpful comments for different scenarios.
A slight irritation was the module for VIT registration. If this course is going to be used Australia wide then it would be good if you could collaborate with teachers from other states to make this module relevant for everyone not from Victoria. It looked quite different to what I had to do in NSW and I imagine this module could confuse everyone else who has yet to be accredited in their state.

The Beginning Teacher's Toolbox
by Emma Adams on 18/09/2015

Good course – would be better in person

The Beginning Teacher's Toolbox
by David Li on 12/06/2015

Overall, the course was a great introductory to learning how to become a beginning teacher. The course content was easy and brief to read. All the key points beginning teachers should all know about were summed up into 6 nicely compacted modules.


About the team


Lauren Cook

Creator

Lauren Cook can’t remember a time when she didn’t want to teach. From the beginning of her career in 2001, she strove to understand what was at the basis of good teaching and learning.

Lauren spent many of her early years of teaching in brand new schools, where the exploration of best practice was at the forefront. Lauren undertook a variety of leadership roles from curriculum to professional learning to student management. She also joined the Faculty of Education at Deakin University to work with pre-service teachers.

In 2010, Lauren became an Assistant Principal, but missed her role in the classroom. She now wants to focus more on teaching and learning, and contributing to developing professional networks of teachers committed to best practice.


This course is FREE with Online Subscription

Creator

If you hold a current TTA Subscription you can enrol into this course for free. To learn more, visit tta.edu.au/go/subscription

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