Course Title: Orientation to Teaching

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Orientation to Teaching

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

TCHE2112

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

360H Education

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017

TCHE2210

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

360H Education

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2016

TCHE2359

Brunswick Campus

Undergraduate

360H Education

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Jennifer Elsden-Clifton

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7915

Course Coordinator Email: jennifer.elsden-clifton@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

This course is one of a sequence of professional experience courses designed to develop your teaching practice in a work-integrated learning context. In this course you be introduced to the issues that influence learning, teaching and school settings. You will develop your foundational skills in teaching including: observation, reflection, developing positive classroom environments and the promotion of student wellbeing. Your professional experience will include discussion and reflection on developing relationships, documentation, portfolios and the professional role of being a student teacher. Assessment will be based on feedback from professional experiences and coursework.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:
 

  • Describe ways to engage professionally in an educational setting with colleagues
  • Describe characteristics of supportive and safe learning environments
  • Observe, record and discuss planned and incidental teaching, observations of teachers, students and wider school matters
  • Draw upon theory to critique and analyse your observations of learning and schooling environments
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the role of a student teacher within schools
  • Develop reflective practice skills that inform curriculum design, planning, assessment and your belief about teaching and learning.


You will be assessed on your development of the following program learning outcomes in this course:

  • Engage with diverse learners in a range of educational contexts in order to develop skills and knowledge for flexible and adaptable participation in professional communities of practice.
  • Develop and apply theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to your professional practice and development in curriculum, pedagogy and assessment.
  • Communicate using a range of formats and strategies to audiences within and external to the discipline of education.
  • Work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness and ethical and reflective practice.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face to face and online such as lectures, tutorials, group and class discussion, group activities and individual research.

Work integrated learning is a major teaching and learning theme for this course and it puts you at the centre of the learning process and makes you responsible for your learning. The teaching team will support you in the development, progress and completion of your assessment tasks. This course involves the successful completion of professional experience; learning activities will ask you to link theory with practical areas of the profession in a variety of education settings.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities. Assessment may include reports, professional experience, projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

An assessment charter http://mams.rmit.edu.au/kh6a3ly2wi2h1.pdf summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=ln1kd66y87rc