EDUC6762

Managing the K-6 Learning Environment

10 Units

In this course students will explore child development, student well-being, mental health, and their relationship to the management of learning; principles and practices for establishing a productive learning environment; and frameworks and models for understanding and responding to a range of challenging student behaviours. The course provides opportunities for pre-service Primary teachers to analyse school policies; to plan and teach lessons using a variety of technologies and strategies; assess student learning; and to evaluate their own classroom management beliefs and practices through a full time 20 day block of professional experience in a Primary school setting. Professional Experience: This course has a compulsory full time 20 day professional experience component. The University of Newcastle, the NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards, and our education partners in schools and centres require that all students demonstrate a commitment to professional teaching practice by attending and engaging in lectures, tutorials and other activities provided by the university within our Teacher Education programs. Students’ professional commitment to teaching will be assessed by a 100% attendance requirement at sessions indicated as compulsory in the course outline. These lectures are compulsory because they present information that is critical to successful completion of the placement. Attendance will be recorded on rolls available at the entrance to lecture theatres and/or tutorial rooms. Students should ensure that they allow sufficient time to be marked as present and provide adequate identification. Students who arrive late and leave early without prior arrangement with the course coordinator will be deemed to have not completed the attendance requirement. If students leave the activity early and fail to identify themselves a second roll will be taken upon conclusion to the activity. If a student fails to attend a compulsory session the student is responsible for contacting course coordinator within three (3) working days to request permission to complete a supplementary assessment task. This task will cover the same information that was in the missed session. These tasks will be pass/fail only and will not include written feedback. All replacement tasks are to be submitted at least two weeks before the commencement of the placement. Students who have not complied with any of these requirements will not be provided with a placement.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Education
Availability Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Campus)
Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will be expected to:

1) relate child development theory, and student well-being and mental health research, to the management of learning; 2) critically analyse and apply principles, policies, and practices for establishing and maintaining a productive learning environment; 3) apply frameworks and models for understanding and responding to a range of challenging student behaviours; 4) demonstrate effective communication skills to support classroom discussion; and 5) demonstrate progress towards the attainment of Graduate Teacher Standards through professional experience.

Content
  • Child development, student well-being and mental health.

  • Principles, policies and practices for establishing a productive learning environment that supports the positive participation of all students in the educational activities of the school.

  • Frameworks and models for understanding and responding to a range of challenging student behaviours.

  • Graduate Teacher Standards.

Replacing Course(s) N/A
Transition N/A
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge A minimum of 40 units of study in Education at 6000 Level, consisting of EDUC6735, EDUC6738, EDUC6739 and EDUC6761.
Modes of Delivery Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Lecture
Practicum
Tutorial
Assessment Items
  • Other: (please specify) - Classroom Management Portfolio: This assessment item must be passed in order to pass this course. This component assesses the student's attainment of the graduate teacher standards course objective. A report indicating that the student has met the necessary requirements will be prepared by teaching staff at the placement. Where special consideration is granted students may be provided with an alternative placement. Alternative placements cannot be provided for students who fail to meet the requirements of their placement without special consideration in line with the Faculty Student Placement Policy. Pass/Fail Submit a Classroom Management Portfolio, consisting of the following five parts of approx. 2500 words. 1. Classroom Management Position Statement 2. Classroom Management Plan 3. Individual Behaviour Improvement Plan 4. Professional Teaching Standards Reflection 5. Graduate Attributes Reflections Each part of this Portfolio must provide evidence of your: knowledge and understanding of the Course content; growing competency in professional reflection; and (at least) reasonable progress towards attainment of the NSW Graduate Teaching Standards.
  • Other: (please specify) - All assessment tasks are compulsory course requirements that need to be passed in order to pass the course. If a student fails an assessment task the student is responsible for contacting the course coordinator within five (5) working days from the date that the marked assignment is returned to request permission to resubmit the assignment. A single resubmission will be allowed per assignment. NB: If a student fails the placement component of assessment requirements, the student is deemed to have failed the course.
  • Reports - This assessment item must be passed in order to pass this course. This component assesses the student's attainment of the graduate teacher standards course objective. A report indicating that the student has met the necessary requirements will be prepared by teaching staff at the placement. Graded To pass this course you must successfully complete a 20 day block of supervised professional experience in a primary setting, focused where possible, on teaching in your first teaching area. During the professional experience placement, you will be required to demonstrate quality planning, teaching and assessment using a variety of technologies and strategies; and apply principles and practices for establishing and maintaining a productive (challenging, engaging, and supportive) learning environment. Students will be assessed by cooperating teachers against the Graduate Teacher Standards. A pass (ungraded) will be recommended when: 1. The School of Education receives the original signed report indicating that the student has met requirements; and 2. The relevant Assistant Director of Professional Experience confirms that all requirements to pass the course have been met. Requirements include teaching deemed to demonstrate an acceptable level of attainment against the Graduate Teacher Standards; completion of lesson plans, self-evaluation tasks, and debriefing sessions with the cooperating teacher. Your Professional Experience Report must evidence successful completion of 20 days of full time supervised professional experience as a pre-service teacher in a school setting i.e. that you have made at least satisfactory progress towards achieving the NSW Professional Teaching Standards at Graduate competence level.
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 10 weeks
  • Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 10 weeks
Compulsory Components
  • Requisite by Enrolment: A minimum of 40 units of study in Education at 6000 Level, consisting of EDUC6735, EDUC6738, EDUC6739 and EDUC6761.
  • Compulsory Course Component: WHS - Prohibited Employment Declaration
  • Compulsory Course Component: WHS - Safety Induction or Risk Assessment.
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for EDUC6762

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