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Professional Experience-Secondary: Differentiation within Diverse Contexts (EDN690)

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 3
Description A professional experience in a secondary school context. An on-campus induction is followed by a two-week block placement, an on-campus concluding session and a SimLab experience . A team-teaching approach to planning, teaching and assessment will be employed. The unit focus is catering for difference in relation to context, content and students. The professional experience provides opportunity for students to contextualise teaching in their Minor Teaching Area.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Professionalism and the student teacher
2. Demonstrating AITSL in your ePortfolio
3. Being responsive to the unanticipated
4. Identify & plan professional learning needs
5. Engage in professional learning & improve practice
6. Engage with colleagues & improve practice
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures/seminars: 2x 3 hours (induction in the first week of School Term 2
Unit Learning Experiences This is a work integrated learning unit that links theory to practice and highlights the importance of differentiation. A diagnostic approach to teaching, learning and assessing underpins the unit so that pre-service teachers can cater for difference in context, content and students. Observation will be used as an effective research skill to help collect data for reflective practice. A wide range of teaching strategies will be explored, implemented and reviewed: * The unit begins with an induction to the professional experience followed by a two-week block placement in the school. This professional experience exposes the pre-service teachers to opportunities to teach in their Minor Teaching Area. During this time the pre-service teacher team-teaching approach will be utilised to gain experience of the planning/teaching and assessment cycle. * Students reflect on the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate Level).
Other Learning Experiences A two week block placement. One 15 minutes SimLab experience
Assessment This unit is assessed on an individual basis in accordance with Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) and Murdoch Graduate Attributes (MGA). The Work Integrated Learning summative assessment report linked to this unit is supervised by a qualified teaching professional within the secondary school setting. The summative assessment is submitted at the end of the placement period by the school. Students at risk of failing are identified in the first week and an External Mentor assigned to support, observe and assess throughout the remaining placement.
Assessment 1 - Professional Experience - 50%
Assessment 2 - Reflection on Practice - 50%
Prerequisites Enrolment in the Master of Teaching (Secondary) and successful completion of all 500 level units and EDN612 Diversity and Inclusion, a 600 level Major Teaching Area curriculum unit, and a 600 level Minor Teaching Area curriculum unit, and co-enrolment in EDN616 Research for Teaching
Assessment A result of Ungraded Pass or Fail is awarded for this unit.
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Master of Teaching (Secondary) (MTeach(Sec))
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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