As we celebrate World Teachers’ Day this year we are delighted to have Dr Vilma Galstaun talk about how the University of Sydney prepares pre-service teachers for the classroom with a teaching performance assessment (TPA). Dr Galstaun will explain the nature of a TPA and how it ensures graduate teachers are classroom ready. TPAs, aligned to the Graduate Teacher Standards, are being rolled out in universities across Australia (AITSL, 2018), with the University of Sydney being in its second year of trialling an Assessment for Graduate Teachers across its primary and secondary undergraduate teacher education degrees.
Pre-service teachers are expected to demonstrate their skills, knowledge and practices across the spectrum of teaching activities including planning, teaching, assessing and reflecting during a TPA. It is expected that pre-service teachers demonstrate their readiness in their final professional experience, drawing on evidence from their practice and ensuring it is aligned to the Graduate Teacher Standards.
Dr Galstaun will communicate the expectations of pre-service teachers when they are on their internship and how classroom teachers can support the PST in this final capstone assessment.
She will also present certificates to those teachers nominated by their principals to receive an award for their outstanding contributions to education.
Opportunities for networking and refreshments will be provided after the presentations.