This is the first in a series of four courses aimed at helping students improve their scores on placement tests while preparing for college-level courses. This introductory course focuses on what to expect at the testing center.
One focus of the course is to help you develop strong relationships with families to enable them to support children’s learning. Positive relationships with your students enable you not only to teach them but also to get to know them as individuals. Positive relationships with colleagues and school leaders are necessary to help the school improve.
This course is part of the Foundations of Teaching for Learning program which is designed to assist people who are currently teaching but have had no formal teacher education improve their understanding of their role and work as a teacher. This set of courses will enhance your knowledge and understanding about learning and teaching and what makes a teacher a professional.
Practical activities are provided to assist you in using what you have learned to improve your teaching practice. While these are optional, it is strongly recommended that you undertake them if at all possible.
Of particular importance is a guide to the development of a portfolio to help you organize and document your thinking about what you have learned. In addition, you may be able to use the portfolio to access other opportunities in the future.
Week 1: The importance of relationships for educational settings
Week 2: Developing positive teacher-student relationships
Week 3: Working with your colleagues and school leaders
Week 4: The importance of parent involvement for student success
Week 5: It takes a whole village to educate a child: Working with your community
Week 6: Recognising diversity: Social, Cultural and Values differences in the school