EDUC 6202 - Student Teacher Interaction in the Classroom

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

This course is designed to assist beginning teachers to encounter, reflect upon and simulate classroom practice, and to achieve insight and responsiveness in the flow of classroom interactions. You will examine the various elements that combine to maintain and foster a positive classroom environment and master a range of teacher actions that build the environment as an effective context to encourage learning. Streamable video clips of unedited classroom footage provide rich, real world discussion points. Insights are then applied through your teaching in a simulated classroom.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code EDUC 6202
    Course Student Teacher Interaction in the Classroom
    Coordinating Unit School of Education
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Available to Grad Dip Education students only
    Course Description This course is designed to assist beginning teachers to encounter, reflect upon and simulate classroom practice, and to achieve insight and responsiveness in the flow of classroom interactions. You will examine the various elements that combine to maintain and foster a positive classroom environment and master a range of teacher actions that build the environment as an effective context to encourage learning. Streamable video clips of unedited classroom footage provide rich, real world discussion points. Insights are then applied through your teaching in a simulated classroom.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Robert Matthews

    Dr Robert Matthews
    School of Education
    The University of Adelaide
    Level 8, Room 8.29
    Nexus 10 Building, 10 Pulteney St
    Adelaide, 5005 SA
    Ph : +61 8 8313 0488
    Email : robert.matthews@adelaide.edu.au
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
    1 Research and analyse pedagogical theories and formulate implications for classroom practice
    2 Demonstrate awareness of current trends in classroom practice for middle/secondary schools
    3 Identify stages of (adolescent) development and demonstrate a sensitivity to related secondary issues which impact classroom practice, such as student mental health
    4 Realise the factors involved in student motivation and demonstrate strategies for maintaining student engagement with their learning
    5 Articulate specific approaches to promote a positive learning environment, both individually and utilizing group processes
    6 Demonstrate understandings of individual characteristics of students
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    All
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1, 6
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    2, 5
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    5
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    3, 4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    A course reader has been made available to purchase, containing weekly readings. These readings are essential to assessment.

    In addition there are many resources and links available on the MyUni site. Please explore the site and familiarise yourself its layout.
    Recommended Resources
    No additional resources are required outside of the course reader and MyUni resources however, additional texts of interest are:

    The following texts in the BSL have been used a course texts in previous years.
     
    Krause, K., Bochner, S. and Duchesne, S, (2003), Educational Psychology: for Learning and Teaching, Thompson.
    Barr Smith Library Barr Smith Main collection (370.15 K915e )

    McInerney, D. & McInerney, V. (2006) Educational Psychology: Constructing Learning.

    Pearson Education Australia (3rd and 4th Editions are both good).
    Barr Smith Library Barr Smith Main collection (370.15 M152e.4 )

    Further Additional Text Resources:

    An Educational Psychology of Classroom Management : best professional practices in the multicultural classroom / Christopher Thao Vang.; c2013

    Barr Smith Library Barr Smith Main collection 371.1024 V253e

    Educational psychology Dhir, R. N.; 2007

    https://ap01-a.alma.exlibrisgroup.com/view/action/uresolver.do?operation=resolveService&package_service_id=2215616458440001811&institutionId=1811&customerId=1800

    Impacts of Cyberbullying, Building Social and Emotional Resilience in Schools by Sharlene Chadwick.; 2014

    https://ap01-a.alma.exlibrisgroup.com/view/action/uresolver.do?operation=resolveService&package_service_id=2215616459590001811&institutionId=1811&customerId=1800
    Online Learning
    A comprehensive range of online materials have been provided through the MyUni site. Please visit the course site asap and explore – readings can be accessed through the menu buttons on the left.
    Course communication will be primarily through emails and MyUni postings. It is a course requirement that you access and frequently check (at least 2 times per week) these communications.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Engaged discussion and analysis of a range of materials, including classroom video footage and case studies. Lectures supported by problem-solving tutorials developing materials covered in lectures.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Course contact is four hours per week. Two one hour lectures + one hour tutorial each week + one hour seminar or private group work. Allow ~ three hours per week for assigned reading materials.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Schedule
    Week Seminar Lecture Hour 1 Lecture Hours 2 Tutorial
    Week 1 Introduction to effective teaching and learning. Overview of course. Stages of teacher development. Different teacher styles. Characteristics of the student and teacher relationship. Promoting Positive Behaviour in the Classroom. Teaching through Relationship and Success. Introduce preventative, supportive and corrective techniques of classroom practice. Promoting Positive Behaviour in the Classroom. Teaching through Relationship and Success. Introduce preventative, supportive and corrective techniques of classroom practice. Praise & Preparation. The importance of using positive praise and employing extensive preparation. Groups will be allocated for classroom simulations in Week’s 3, 5 & 7.
    Week 2 The adolescent in development.
    Puberty and adolescence. Identity formation and personal development.
    Humanistic approaches.
    Preventative approaches. Building a Repertoire of Teaching Strategies. Taxonomies. Learning Styles/cycles. Developmental perspectives on cognition and effective learning. Developmental perspectives on cognition and effective learning. Piaget’s stage theory of cognitive development. Vygotsky’s zone of proximal development. The Need for Structure. The importance of good lesson structure and keeping students on task.
    Week 3 Preventative approaches continued. Creating and Sustaining Interest with your Students. Alternative Cognitive Views on Learning. Introduce supportive approaches. Differentiated approaches to teaching. Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence and VA(R)K. The MBTI and Kersey Type Indicator. Differentiated approaches to teaching. Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence and VA(R)K. The MBTI and Kersey Type Indicator (continued). Class room simulation. Teach in groups of 5 colleagues. This simulation will target managing student behaviour.
    Week 4 No Seminar Language in the Classroom.
    Part 1
    Language in the Classroom.
    Part 1
    Attention Seekers. How to use motivation and interest to drive the lesson and bring in attention seekers.
    Week 5 No Seminar Language in the Classroom.
    Part 2
    Language in the Classroom.
    Part 2
    No Tutorial.
    In your own time: Prepare and deliver a 5 minute lesson. Concentrate this time on your language use to greet, introduce and set the task. The task content is your choice, but the format must be a class discussion. You may record in digital format for inclusion within your e-portfolio. Further scaffolding will be provided in lectures of week 4 & 5, and the online tool 1.
    Week 6 Planning and preparation for the positive classroom environment. Supportive continued and introduce corrective approach of classroom management. Mental Health.
    Promoting good mental health. Developing resilience as teachers and students. Depression, bullying and harassment in the school and classroom context.
    Recap of preventative and supportive strategies. Introduce corrective approaches of classroom management. Intervening with off-task chatter. How a teacher can resist being drawn off-task.
    Week 7 Chronic, long term behavioural issues and possible intervention strategies. Chronic, long term behavioural issues and possible intervention strategies. Chronic, long term behavioural issues and possible intervention strategies. Class room simulation II. Again teach in groups of 5. This simulation delivers the lesson you developed in Week 5.
    Week 8 Character and values education.
    Role of feelings in Education. Schools as Institutions or Communities.
    Neuroscience and Education. Implications of recent advances in brain studies for education Creativity and the Imagination. The key 21st century learning outcome for education. Preparation for teaching practice.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Not Applicable
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Tutorials will provide small group discovery of classroom practice. Simulated classroom practice in small groups has proven a rich and realistic way of encountering classroom dynamics for novice teachers.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assignment 1 Handbook on promoting a positive learning environment 70% Outcome 1-6

    You are to write a handbook outlining the essential aspects of promoting and maintaining a positive learning environment. You might think of it as part of your ‘survival guide’ for beginning teaching. 

    2,500 words

    Due Date: Week 8 (6pm)

    Submit with cover sheet in provided box, Ground Floor Nexus Building.

    It is recommended you make an early start on this assessment as it is due prior to teaching practice commencing. I do this because the handbook assignment is designed as to help you deliver and manage your classrooms. Many students carry their assignment with them on teaching practice as an invaluable resource.

    Further details to be provided in Reader and posted on MyUni

    Assignment 2 Classroom Simulations        30% Outcomes 1,2,5

    i. Attendance and participation in tutorials        10%

    ii. Completion of online Report Writing Tool (done on MyUni)      5%
    Due Date: Week 3

    iii. Completion of online Language in the Classroom Tool (done on MyUni)         5%
    Due Date: Week 3

    iv. Submission of self-report from simulation of classroom teaching.           10%
    (this uses both on-line Tools to guide your self-report) ~200 words.
    Submit with cover sheet in provided box, Ground Floor Nexus Building.
    Due Date: Week 8 (6pm)


    1 Research and analyse pedagogical theories and formulate implications for classroom practice
    2 Demonstrate awareness of current trends in classroom practice for middle/secondary schools
    3 Identify stages of (adolescent) development and demonstrate a sensitivity to related secondary issues which impact classroom practice, such as student mental health
    4 Realise the factors involved in student motivation and demonstrate strategies for maintaining student engagement with their learning
    5 Articulate specific approaches to promote a positive learning environment, both individually and utilizing group processes
    6 Demonstrate understandings of individual characteristics of students
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Assessment 1: Course Reader and MyUni access.

    Assessment 2: MyUni access.
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment details will be supplied in course reader and online through MyUni.
    Submission
    All assessments submit with cover sheet in provided box, Ground Floor Nexus Building.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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