Critical Reflection #8

Role and Importance of Communicating Explicit Learning Goals Communication of explicit learning goals is imperative to make students aware of what they will be learning and how they will demonstrate what they have learnt. Learning goals that are clear and specific allow students to comprehend the aims of the lesson and how they will achieve …

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Critical Reflection #7

Importance of Collecting and Interpreting Data to Inform Teaching The purpose of data is to inform future teaching practice to better engage and improve the learning of students (Allen, 2005). Data is evidence collected on students to inform the effectiveness of teaching practices, programs and the level at which students are learning.  Within the classroom …

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Critical Reflection #6

Role of Assessment in Teaching Assessment is the process of identifying and collating evidence of student learning in order to determine the level of an individual’s achievement (NSW Education Standards Authority, 2021). It is a crucial component of the learning cycle to promote student motivation and engagement as it provides evidence of how students are …

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Critical Reflection #5

Supporting Deep Learning through the use of Questioning Meaningful learning takes place when students are able to move beyond memorisation and simple recall to a higher level of thinking and deeper understanding of the content they have learnt. In this sense, deeper learning is stimulated as students begin to extend their low-order thinking to more …

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Critical Reflection #4

Teaching Strategies: Collaborative Learning Collaborative learning is a high-impact teaching strategy utilised for students to develop higher-order thinking, problem-solving skills, accountability, self-efficacy and strengthen peer relations (Laal & Ghodsi, 2012). It occurs when students work together in groups, participating in learning tasks to achieve a desired outcome (Victoria State Government, 2020). Thus, it is rooted …

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Critical Reflection #3

ICT for Teaching and Learning Information Communication Technology (ICT) is used for a plethora of purposes in the modern-day classroom, namely for stimulating engagement (Duchesne, 2019). It is a requirement of AITSL standards 2.6 and 3.4, ensuring teachers utilise ICT in practice to support, expand and differentiate curriculum opportunities for student engagement (AITSL, 2017). Teaching …

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Critical Reflection #2

Behaviour Management As an educator, it is of utmost importance that 'Duty of Care' is maintained within the classroom to ensure all students remain safe within the learning environment (NSW Department of Education, 2021). An incident which required student safety and behaviour to be addressed occurred during my first teaching lesson of Year 7 English. …

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Critical Reflection #1

Planning for Teaching and Learning Lesson plans determine what students need to learn and how they will achieve such learning within a lesson (Mikova, 2012). An effective lesson plan comprises the qualities of explicit learning objectives and success criteria, variety in teaching methods and resources, appropriate time management, differentiation and a lesson sequence divided into …

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Teaching Philosophy

"Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire."- W. B. Yeats Progression through my teaching degree and undertaking professional experience has influenced the development of my own personal teaching philosophy. It has allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of what being a teacher truly means and how my …

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Relevant Qualifications

My journey through education has been a diverse experience which has equipped me with essential skills I continue to build on today, to better my practice as a teacher. I am currently at the end of my third year of study at ACU and ready to journey through my final year. The degree I am …

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