Student teachers gaining practical skills at professional development sessions

March 29, 2016

Murdoch teaching students are learning classroom management skillsStudent teachers at Murdoch University have the opportunity to learn practical classroom management skills at professional development workshops on campus this week.

The sessions, which will benefit around 300 undergraduate and graduate students, are ordinarily run for qualified teachers active in the profession. Murdoch is the only WA university offering the classroom management course.

“Our students and our partner schools have told us that classroom management is a key development skill,” said Alison Hilton, student advisor from Murdoch’s School of Education.

“The Department of Education’s Classroom Management Strategies Course has been specially modified and adapted for our students and will provide some fantastic practical approaches to help improve pupil engagement and reduce unproductive social behaviour.

“The course is running during non-teaching week and is ideally timed to offer practical solutions to students before they embark on their professional placements.”

Other sessions at the annual Professional Learning Week include a panel event on gaining a first teaching position upon graduation. Representatives from the Department of Education, the Catholic Institute of WA and the Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia will offer advice on how best to apply for positions.

Numeracy specialist Shelia Griffith, who is also a tutor at Murdoch, will be running accredited financial literacy workshops for primary and secondary levels.

“We are treating our students like professionals,” added Mrs Hilton.

“Professional learning is a requirement for all teachers and this is a great way to create a culture of on-going learning in the initial teacher education space.

“They can also network with their peers, School of Education staff and key professionals in industry at the sessions.”

External students will have the opportunity to listen to the sessions, which run from March 29-31, electronically. Students will receive certificates of attendance which they can add to their professional portfolios.

Murdoch will be hosting another Professional Learning Week in the winter.

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