TEPRO510-23X (TGA)

Noho-ā-kura: Professional Experience 1 (Primary)

15 Points

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The University of Waikato
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Division of Education
Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education


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What this paper is about

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Tēna koutou katoa

Welcome to your first professional experience paper! I look forward to working with you throughout the year on TEPRO510 and then 511! This paper will give you opportunities to develop your understanding of teaching and learning in a school context. You will develop critical knowledge and understanding of the teacher's professional role and to apply pedagogical practices in key teaching tasks. Being in a classroom on an ongoing basis will support the connections you are making between theory and practice.

Your time in school will allow you to demonstrate that you are building the capabilities and disposition to support tamariki and rangatahi in a classroom situation with limited support. In addition, the professional requirements below must be met.

As this is a 500 level paper, you will begin to show a critical awareness of issues in the field of teaching and be able to theoretically discuss the implications for yourself as a future educator regardless of whether you can implement them in a classroom. This will be particularly evident in the CIA investigation.

Professional requirements

On graduation from an Initial Teacher Education Programme the provider must attest to The Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand | Matatū Aotearoa that you:

  • are a person of good character
  • are fit to be a teacher
  • have met the Standards for the teaching profession.

A student who has not met these criteria based on evidence collected as they engage in paper across the ITE programme cannot graduate. Indicators that you are of good character and fit to teach includes: regular and punctual attendance and positive contribution in class; the ability to relate to peers, children, teachers, and university staff appropriately; and the ability to plan for a safe high-quality teaching and learning environment. At the completion of each paper the lecturer is asked to attest to the Academic Coordinator or Programme Leader that you have displayed the attributes required of an effective teacher.

These expectations reflect the Teachers Council document entitled Our Code Our Standards: Code of Professional Responsibility and Standards for the Teaching Profession.

If you have any questions/ pātai, please do not hesitate to ask.

Ngā mihi,

Jill Peterson

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How this paper will be taught

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The professional experience is an integral part of your programme. The first paper, TEPRO510, takes place in Trimester A and then continues as TEPRO511 in Trimester B.

The main focus of this paper is your time in school which will be:

- Two-week block (February 20- March 3)

- Once a week in schools until the week of May 22

- Five-week block (May 29- June 30).

In addition, the zoom tutorials will be opportunities to collaborate with colleagues and in some cases put into practice the key ideas covered. The tutorials will support development towards the Culminating Integrative Assessment (CIA):CIA investigation and the signposts.

An e-portfolio will document your emerging practice over the year.

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Required Readings

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The required readings for the paper are available through this link. This reading list can also be accessed via the Reading List tab on Moodle or the Reading list tab on the library homepage.
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You will need to have

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There are no required readings but it is highly recommended that you take the time to read relevant sections of the following book.

Hill & Thrupp. (2019). The professional practice of teaching in New Zealand. Cengage.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the personal and developing professional qualities required to meet the Professional Standards outlined for the Teaching Profession
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  • With support, demonstrate a developing understanding of the cultural competencies and inclusive pedagogies relevant for teaching
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  • Demonstrate engagement with and application of Te Reo Māori, mātauranga Māori and ngā tikanga-ā-iwi
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  • Demonstrate a growing knowledge of the key policy documents that inform and influence teaching
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  • Collect and use teacher-based assessment data to inform their teaching, learning programmes and reporting, and reflect on the impact through an inquiry process.
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How you will be assessed

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In order to meet the requirements of TEPRO510, students will need to have finished all required documentation (as outlined in the guidelines) by July 2 with the exception of the mentor teacher and evaluative lecturer reports. You are advised to read the requirements carefully, note the due date, enter these into your diary immediately so you can plan well ahead for their timely completion and submission. The overall grade for this paper is either Pass or Fail.

For the purposes of this paper, evidence can include but is not exclusive to videos, lesson plans, mentor teacher feedback and / or observation notes, learner's work, learner's feedback, annotated photos, evaluative lecturer field notes and/ or report, reflections, modelling books, formative assessment notes and/ or assignments.

Setting goals, reflecting on goals, evidencing progress made and being responsive to feedback given are important signs of your readiness to teach and take responsibility for your own classroom. Being able to take responsibility for at least fifty percent of a day will be a sign that you are ready to progress to TEPRO511.

Presenting work in Te Reo Māori

In recognition of the status of the Māori language as a tāonga protected under the Treaty of Waitangi, and within the spirit of the Māori Language Act 1987, the University of Waikato endorses the right of its students to use the Māori language in written work for assessment within the University. If you intend to present all or part of an internally assessed work in Māori you are requested to give at least 14 days’ notice of this intention of doing so in writing to your lecturer. This helps ensure that we have the time and opportunity to make proper arrangements for marking including, when necessary, translation and external assessment. If less than 14 days' notice is given, the material presented in Māori will still be accepted. The processing of it may, however, be delayed and the opportunity to have the script marked in the original language may be reduced.

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Professional Experience Reports
2 Jul 2023
No set time
  • Other: MyWiL
2. E-portfolio requirements
2 Jul 2023
11:30 PM
  • Online: EPortfolio System
3. Culminating Integrative Assessment: CIA signposts
2 Jul 2023
11:30 PM
  • Online: EPortfolio System
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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