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Date: Friday, 5th May 2017
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Date: Wednesday, 3rd May 2017
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Assessment can be both a formative and summative process. Formative assessment is used to provide feedback to students and teachers to promote further learning. Summative assessment contributes to the judgement of student learning for reporting and certification purposes.
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Date: Wednesday, 12th April 2017
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Date: Wednesday, 5th April 2017
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Date: Friday, 31st March 2017
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For Placement 3, I am going to an all girls secondary Catholic College, with 620 students from Years 8-12. XXXX is a vibrant, inclusive and hopeful community, in which each individual is valued. Our passionate, generous and highly competent staff, prepare students for future challenges by encouraging creativity, perseverance and resilience. They encourage excellence. We strive to develop within each girl confidence in her particular talents and abilities and the knowledge that she is important and unique.
The College I am to be involved with outlines this mission:
• engender a passion for lifelong learning.
• encourage excellence.
• value each individual’s gifts and talents.
• are generous with our time and care of each student so that she develops her full potential.
• are a welcoming, vibrant and inclusive community in which we celebrate diversity.
• prepare students for future challenges by encouraging creativity, perseverance and resilience.
• encourage young women to work for social justice so that they recognise that they can make a difference.
• allow students to explore their own faith journey.
• nurture faith in Catholic tradition.
• empower students to practise reconciliation.
• understand and accept the challenge of the Gospels to challenge injustice.
• are proud to be part of the community and are advocates for the school.
• have passionate, generous and highly competent staff.
• are hopeful.
I see this as being a good fit with my current values as an educator but all my personal Catholic values I have. I am looking forward to the challenges that placement has for me but also the challenges and new approaches which an all girls schooling context will throw at me.
I feel as though my placement and time at XXXX College has been a positive experience that has helped to further develop my skills and abilities as a teacher. I feel as though I am well on the way to becoming a competent and effective teacher in my chosen fields of expertise.
My focus for my placement this time was not so much finding confidence in myself but learning and implementing different classroom and behaviour management strategies, in particular finding something that suits my style and of course the group, I work with. To enable this, I stepped outside my learning and subject area and reached out to other teachers to observe their class, Religion, English, History, Science and Research Project. Through this, I was able to see how different subjects and teacher management their own classroom and find adapt things I had observed when the opportunity arose in my class the following lesson or day. I also sought to understand the curriculum of both senior and junior schools, through program development, looking at school resources and asking following up questions. I was also involved in some marking of a timed assessment in Stage 1 Religion Studies. I also participated in college life to the fullest engaging in Student Voice, Junior Relay for Life, School Masses and Year 12 Farewells. I feel this enabled me to get a sense of the true culture of XXXX College and truly understand the community I am working in. I feel getting to know the community is an important aspect of a teacher starting out in a new school. I feel also as though forming a professional relationship with my Mentor enabled my experience to be as positive as it has been and also enabled me to learn as much as I can about the role of a teacher not just in the classroom but administratively.
Strengths: I have identified the following as points that I have been able to continue the development of and identify these as strengths or positives as this point in my journey.
Limitations: At my current stage I need to work on the following areas to improve and develop my practice as a teacher.
I feel as though if I continue on the path I have been with my development as a teacher, I can be successful and engage students and have them be successful. The experience at XXXX has been wonderful and I as aforementioned I have learnt so much and will take so much away for use in my effective practice.
Damien Walker is currently studying a Bachelor of Education, Food and Textiles Technologies at University of South Australia. This is him engaging with readings and questions throughout his teaching journey to gain professional insight and knowledge.