Quality Teaching in Primary Classrooms
This course provides students with the foundational knowledge and skills that they will need in order to become primary teachers and maximise the achievement of learning outcomes for all students. It introduces students to principles and practice of quality teaching by focusing on approaches to teaching that (a) promote high levels of intellectual quality; (b) establish high quality contexts for learning; and (c) generate significance for learners. Students will have the opportunity to analyse, design, evaluate and reflect upon quality classroom and assessment practice. Students will also have the opportunity to engage with the profession and reflect upon their developing understanding of quality teaching in primary schools through (the equivalent of 5 days) observation and teaching in a primary school setting.
- Semester 1 - 2017
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. synthesise a broad research base to deepen their understandings of the foundations of quality teaching in primary schools;
2. plan and teach a lesson that supports high levels of intellectual quality; establishes a high quality learning environment and generates significance for learners;
3. critically evaluate and reflect upon classroom teaching based on their understanding of quality classroom practice; and
4. apply the principles of quality teaching to the design and evaluation of assessment tasks
The following course content will be addressed in the context of quality teaching in primary schools:
- becoming a quality teacher;
- promoting intellectual quality;
- establishing high quality learning environments;
- generating significance for learners;
- planning and reflecting upon quality classroom practice; and
- planning and reflecting upon quality assessment practice.
This course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Teaching (Primary) program.
Written Assignment: Quality Assessment Practice
Written Assignment: Quality Classroom Practice
In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:
- Anaphylaxis Training - Students must complete approved anaphylaxis training.
- Child Protection Awareness Training - Students must complete approved child protection awareness training.
- Working with Children - A national criminal history check and review of findings of misconduct involving children, required for any child-related work.