Preparing For Block Professional Experience


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Preparing For Block Professional Experience

  1. 1. Preparing for Block Professional Experience<br />Procedural requirements<br />Doing, Reflecting, Learning<br />
  2. 2. Procedural tips for success<br />Clearly understand the expectations for observing and teaching<br />Know what is on the report and ensure your mentor does too<br />Ensure that a formative report is completed about mid way<br />Don’t let ‘concerns’ fester<br />Hours, missing days, industrial action…….<br />
  3. 3. Observations and portfolios<br />Check out the web site about portfolios. Talk with your STS tutor about their specific requirements<br />When observing the mentor teaching.. <br />Try to write the lesson plan as it happens<br />Think back once finished about what happened and add notes.<br />Have your work with you everyday; organisedcarefully for easy reference.<br />
  4. 4. Behaving ethically and legally<br />Expectations of professional behaviour<br />Experience builds understanding<br />Take advantage of teacher’s experience and ask questions<br />Look around for policies, code of ethics etc <br />If in doubt, don’t….. Then ask questions<br />Do not accept responsibility for students in the absence of the teacher<br />
  5. 5. 5 strategies for maximising your learning on professional experience<br />The following looks at 5 strategies briefly mentioned earlier<br />Analyse your attitude towards learning<br />Reflect on your learning<br />Understand the context within which you are working<br />Cultivate collaborative work practices<br />Nurture your self esteem<br />
  6. 6. Attitudes of a reflective practitioner (Dewey, 1933)<br />For the most effective outcomes, you need to exhibit:<br />Open-mindedness – acknowledge the many perspectives, alternatives<br />Responsibility – consider the consequences<br />Wholeheartedness – we fear being criticized, making mistakes – however need to be able to take risks<br />Be an ‘agentic’ learner<br />
  7. 7. Be aware that students learn from….<br />The teacher<br />Each other – often students understand things better when explained by someone who is of similar age<br />By themselves – they are have many avenues to learn from that you will have no contribution to eg Internet, TV,…<br />….. And they learn different things – Although you have planned certain learning, it doesn’t mean that they all ‘get it’ the same way<br />They often learn things that you didn’t intend. <br />THEREFORE – constantly evaluate what is happening<br />
  8. 8. Daily reflection on your learning<br />Make a regular time each day to reflect on the day – make notes on your lesson plans that you can return to later.<br />What was significant about my teaching today?<br />Why?<br />What did I learn about teaching today?<br />What did I learn about myself today?<br />
  9. 9. Quality reflections.. Try to..<br />Identify your personal response<br />Actively think about what your saw etc<br />Reflect on school-wide issues as well as your own teaching<br />Link with your previous knowledge and experiences<br />Ask questions of yourself and others<br />Identify contradictions<br />Synthesise your emerging understandings<br />The best reflections for learning are when you go beyond the obvious and ask ‘why?’<br />
  10. 10. Understand the context that you are in. What is important here?<br />Be observant<br />Look for socio-economic and cultural indicators – what affect do they have?<br />Find out about local policies for practice; also jurisdictional documentation<br />Observe interactions to gauge ‘climate’ – between staff, students, others<br />Be prepared to work within boundaries and respect school culture. Not everything will fit your philosophy.<br />
  11. 11. Take time to reflect<br />Write about them – lesson notes, journals<br />Talk about them with other students, teachers<br />Make a conscious effort and time to think!<br />Don’t be afraid to ask others the ‘why?’ questions<br />
  12. 12. Be successful - Be consistent<br />Recognise your own perspectives<br />Envisage the perspectives of others<br />Develop predictable and known management strategies – routines, rules.<br />Caring rather than controlling<br />Be planned and confident in your preparation<br />
  13. 13. Cultivate collaborative work practices<br />Who with?<br />Teachers, coordinator, uni staff, peers, others in the school community<br />Prac can feel isolated when you are working with one mentor. Make opportunities to talk with other staff <br />Not a whinge session (although we all need to ‘dump’ sometimes) – an opportunity for learning and reflection<br />Working together provides mutual support; shared involvement (ideas and resources) generates better learning outcomes for students<br />Be prepared to listen<br />
  14. 14. Nurture your self esteem<br />Look after yourself<br />Self-esteem affects outcomes<br />Stay positive. Negativism produces no joy for anyone<br />If you make mistakes, remember they are not failures, but learning opportunities.<br />Strategies…..<br />
  15. 15. Using the strategies<br />Set realistic goals – check the guidelines, what is expected of you at your stage of learning to teach?<br />Ask for feedback – written, verbal, formal, informal. Be prepared to listen carefully, don’t react too quickly, but reflect. It is your choice what you do with feedback. If written feedback is not forthcoming, ask for it. You may also have to remind your mentor about a formative run through of the report at the mid point of the placement. <br />
  16. 16. Using the strategies<br />Manage time and be organized – know yourself. Do you waste time procrastinating? Are you easily interrupted? Do you try to do too much at once? Write lists, sort out your time at school and at home. You should not be up to midnight planning – use your time effectively.<br />Monitor your energy and stress levels – avoid ‘burnout’. Manage your time and recognize your levels of energy/stress. <br />
  17. 17. Using the strategies<br />Cultivate a support network – professional collaboration as before, but also personal; friends, family can assist in managing time, organization as well as stress levels. Make time to talk with your peers. <br />Celebrate success – plan time for you – video, outing, coffee, drinks???<br />
  18. 18. Enjoy!<br />