The past three weeks have flown by. I was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed my prac, I had a very knowledgable mentor with a wealth of experience. In the time I spent there, I was given many opportunities to try new teaching techniques, behaviour management styles as well as participate fully in the aesthetics of the HPE staff room and other teaching staff.

I attended 3 staff meetings while on professional experience, which included two professional development sessions one performed by Yvana Jones – Consultant of Education Impact. The focus of this PD was High Impact Teaching (HIT), establishing and further reinforcing the lesson goals we have for our students as an educator. In order to establish an effective and engaging lesson that enhances students knowledge and understanding  we must make sure our lessons are:

  • Unambiguous
  • Step-by-step
  • Engaging
  • Effective

In order to do this we must have a clear learning intent that focuses on –

Planning -> Lesson -> Students participation -> Feedback

I found this session to be very useful to further reinforce my pedagogy and teacher direction – as this was the model that the school structured and scaffolded the learning for their students.

Check out Elly’s blog for some useful insights into how her school used ICT’s in their staff meetings.


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