The assignment is broken into 4 sections: identify, select, apply learning & evaluate.
Professional learning plan, which includes goals to improve practice drawn from data from reflective practices. Types of reflective practices and further planned practices noted and evaluated as appropriate to develop learning against Professional Teacher Standards.
Types of professional learning related to professional learning goals sourced and linked to Professional Teacher Standards.
Plan for professional learning to be applied to practice.
Indicate how success will be measures, impact on learning (children and teachers), sharing of new learning with colleagues.
The Graduate Professional Teacher Standards can be found here: https://www.aitsl.edu.au/standards/graduate
The Graduate Professional Teacher Standards relevant to this assessment task are:
1.1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics and how these may affect learning.
1.3 Demonstrate knowledge of teaching strategies that are responsive to the learning strengths and needs of students from diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds.
1.5 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of strategies for differentiating teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities.
2.1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts, substance and structure of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area.
2.2 Organise content into an effective learning and teaching sequence.
2.3 Use curriculum, assessment and reporting knowledge
2.5 Know and understand literacy and numeracy teaching strategies and their application in the teaching areas.
2.6 Implement teaching strategies for using ICT to expand curriculum learning opportunities for students.
3.1 Set learning goals that provide achievable challenges for students of varying abilities and characteristics.
3.2 Plan lesson sequences using knowledge of student learning, content and effective teaching strategies.
3.3 Include a range of teaching strategies.
3.4 Demonstrate knowledge of a range of resources, including ICT, that engage students in their learning.
3.5 Demonstrate a range of verbal and non-verbal communication strategies to support student engagement.
3.6 Demonstrate broad knowledge of strategies that can be used to evaluate teaching programs to improve student learning.
4.1 Identify strategies to support inclusive student participation and engagement in classroom activities.
4.2 Demonstrate the capacity to organise classroom activities and provide clear directions.
4.3 Demonstrate knowledge of practical approaches to manage challenging behaviour.
4.4 Describe strategies that support students’ wellbeing and safety working within school and/or system, curriculum and legislative requirements.
4.5 Demonstrate an understanding of the relevant issues and the strategies available to support the safe, responsible and ethical use of ICT in learning and teaching.
5.1 Demonstrate understanding of assessment strategies, including informal and formal, diagnostic, formative and summative approaches to assess student learning.
5.2 Demonstrate an understanding of the purpose of providing timely and appropriate feedback to students about their learning.
5.3 Demonstrate understanding of assessment moderation and its application to support consistent and comparable judgements of student learning.
5.4 Demonstrate the capacity to interpret student assessment data to evaluate student learning and modify teaching practice.
5.5 Demonstrate understanding of a range of strategies for reporting to students and parents/carers and the purpose of keeping accurate and reliable records of student achievement.
6.1 Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers in identifying professional learning needs.
6.2 Understand the relevant and appropriate sources of professional learning for teachers.
6.3 Seek and apply constructive feedback from supervisors and teachers to improve teaching practices.
6.4 Demonstrate an understanding of the rationale for continued professional learning and the implications for improved student learnings.
7.1 Understand and apply the key principles described in codes of ethics and conduct for the teaching profession.
7.2 Understand the relevant legislative, administrative and organisational policies and processes required for teachers according to school stage.
2.3. Apply Learning
The marking rubric for this assignment allocates 10 marks to academic writing.
Please ensure the following points are addressed in your assignment submission:
What references do I need?
You will need to use references to support your arguments and claims throughout the assignment. Ensure that you have sourced academic literature to support the identification of your learning goals, sourcing of your professional learning options, the application of the learning options, and the evaluation of the plan and learning options.
You will also need to reference the Professional Teacher Standards, the EYLF, the NQF and National Quality Standards.
What format will I use?
There are a number of formats available to use for the professional learning plan.
For example ECA has a template you might find helpful here: https://learninghub.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/online-professional-learning-guide/
AITSL has information here: Improving Teacher Professional Learning (aitsl.edu.au)
AITSL also has a Self Assessment Tool to assist in developing professional Learning gals and assessing progress towards Teacher Standards. The tool can be found here: https://www.aitsl.edu.au/teach/improve-practice/teacher-self-assessment-tool
ELAA (Early Learning Association Australia) together with the Department of Education Vic have developed an Employee Management and Development Resource which may provide some assistance in developing a Professional Learning Plan. You can request a copy here: https://elaa.org.au/resources/free-resources/employee-management-development-resource/
Presentation of Assessment task
This assessment task must be presented as an ePortfolio. You can choose how you wish to do this and what platform you use to put all the information together and present it. For example, you might want to use Weebly or Wix.
Please ensure that you submit a link to your ePortfolio and provide and username and password information we might need to access your assignment.
Please have a friend or family member test the link and access to your ePortfolio to ensure that the person marking your assignment does not have any access issues.