Preparing Teachers for the Classroom: Assessing Readiness

Thursday 1st November 2018

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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.

Guest Speaker

Dr Vilma Galstaun MACE

Vilma is a Lecturer in ICT Education and Professional Experience at the University of Sydney. She has more than 30 years experience as a classroom teacher, curriculum consultant in Primary education and lecturer in primary and secondary technology education. Vilma has continued to provide professional learning for teachers through her membership of professional teaching associations and through her work at the university. Vilma’s research interests are in teacher education, curriculum, pedagogy, educational technology and STEM education. She continues to work with teachers in schools in these areas.

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