Foundations of Teaching
Get to know the teaching profession. Learn to reflect critically on your education experiences so that you can create an inspiring environment as a teacher. Cover the pragmatics of teaching, including strategies, communication and observation.
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Upon successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Reflect critically on your knowledge of teaching in relation to current research and on yourself as a developing teacher
- Execute responsibility for your learning about the teaching profession and your development as a teacher who has advanced cognitive, creative, and critical skills
- Engage critically with content to create knowledge, and clearly communicate concepts and ideas to an intended audience
- Recognise important processes and protocols relating to participation in professional experience in schools
- Writing an introductory letter
- Getting to know your students
- Trajectory of the learner and the Australian curriculum
- Teaching strategies: Direct instruction
- Teaching strategies: Small group work
- Teaching strategies: Discussion
- Practical observations
- Preparing for future practicum
- Student resilience and wellbeing
- Sharing resources
In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
No special requirements
Foundations of Teaching introduces you to the study of teaching as a profession and dimensions of teacher relationships and work. Through acquiring skills to reflect critically on your assumptions based on past educational experiences and attitudes and beliefs about teaching and teachers, you will have the opportunity to engage at a deep level with both research and your new experiences of teaching. Content explored in this subject relates to teacher reflection, teacher professionalism, teaching strategies, teacher gratitude, and the pragmatics of teachers' work such as establishing a positive and supportive classroom environment, communication as a teacher, and observation skills. Your participation in this subject therefore establishes a sound base to develop your knowledge and professional practice for the duration of the course and into the future.
Please note - EMT502 Foundations of Teaching is the co-requisite theory subject for EMT500 Professional Experience 1. Co-requisite units must be either enrolled concurrently or the theory component (EMT502) successfully completed in a prior semester of study. If you have not met the theory requirements, you will be ineligible for Professional Experience 1.
- Participation and engagement (10%)
- Essay (40%)
- Reflection (50%)