DEC Scan Journal : February 2013
Volume 32, February 2013 7 Contents Editorial Currents Teaching & learning Research Curriculum support Share this Resource reviews Flexible resources to build capacity In addition to professional learning, teachers have access to Building capacity resources. These resources guide teachers through new syllabus content that may be new or challenging. One of these resources, Engaging personally with texts K–6, is already being used by Kerrie Pho from Baulkham Hills North Public School. Kerrie states We used Engaging personally with texts K–6 to focus our teaching practice on content from the new syllabus. Our teachers generally found the building capacity resources to be quite invigorating. processes should achieve for teachers and their students. Belinda McKellar, literacy consultant from Riverina Region says of the course, As co-ordinators of professional learning in our region we really liked its capacity to promote collaboration and to enhance professional dialogue. She continues to talk about one of the documents from the course, We were really impressed with the cogency of this document and the way it focused on strengths rather than defaulting to negatives. Tim Gorrod introduces Teaching for the new curriculum Each of the courses can be delivered in a variety of ways. An individual, a stage or faculty group, a whole school or a group of teachers from different schools can undertake the courses. The courses involve interacting with multimedia such as video or animations, engaging with research, reflecting on your own circumstances and making plans about what you can translate into your classroom. teaching and learning resources and activities that meet their professional learning needs. The new curriculum provides a great opportunity to refresh what we do as teachers and to look at what might be different about 21st century learners and learning. The new syllabuses can be the catalyst to see what we might revise and improve in relation to planning, programming, teaching and assessing strategies. As teachers we might like to look at what current research says. Professional learning courses Registered professional learning courses developed by the Department that help us to examine and reflect on our our teaching are already available, with more under development. More than 4000 teachers have enrolled in MyPL@Edu for the first of the courses, The learner and the new curriculum. The second course, Teaching for the new curriculum already has about 1000 enrolments. In this course, teachers consider what planning and programming The new curriculum provides a great opportunity to refresh what we do as teachers and to look at what might be different about 21st century learners and learning.