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!
This session is aimed at Victorian teachers in their first two years of teaching. Examples will mainly be given from a secondary school perspective.
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. Learn more HERE.
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.
This course contributes to 6.0 professional development hours.
There are no occurrences of Online - Individual in Australia (VIC) at this time.
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.
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.
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 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.
This session assists you to begin your VIT registration process.
This session is an opportunity to put together and make plans for implementing information from the previous sessions.
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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?
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.
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.
Good course – would be better in person
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.
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.