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Inside Teaching : April 2011
inside teaching | April 2011 PROFESSION 16 • altered relationship practices, and • new enabling structures. The PiTE program is aiming to deliver all three benefits but from the beginning has privileged the first, on the premise that we’re all learning how to enhance teacher education and teach about teaching. The interweaving layers of learning include the pre-service teachers, their mentors and colleague teachers, university mentors and DoE staff where all are encouraged to learn from and with each other. Selecting pre-service students Pre-service teachers are selected for PiTE towards the end of the first year of their two-year Master of Teaching course. As James Cooper and Amy Alvarado make clear in their 2006 article, ‘Preparation, recruitment, and retention of teachers,’ research shows that a high standard of entry is critical to effective teacher preparation programs. The PiTE selection process involves a written application, referee reports on applicants’ aptitude for teaching, academic records and an interview, with further reference to DoE recruitment priorities. The interview is particularly concerned to establish that applicants are well placed to grow as resilient teachers in low-SES and hard-to-staff school environments. Incentives There are various incentives for pre-service teachers to gain PiTE scholarships, including: • permanency – pre-service teachers who complete the scholarship program and the Master of Teaching are offered a permanent position with the DoE, subject to scholarship terms and conditions • a $6,000 scholarship allowance • opportunities provided by the Teachers Registration Board of Tasmania for limited-authority- to-teach registration at the end of their scholarship year • a fully maintained laptop and full access to the DoE network, and • an $8,000 contribution to Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) costs, being a contribution towards the Master of Teaching component of scholarship holders’ HELP debt paid in three instalments while they remain as a teacher within the DoE. Benefits PiTE pre-service teachers are placed in low-SES schools in teams of three to five designed to encourage a learning team structure. They have more time in schools than their Master of Teaching peers, with mentoring from experienced mentor teachers. That additional time includes: WE WANTED OUR PiTE PRE-SERVICE TEACHERS AND MENTOR TEACHERS TO FOCUS THEIR SHARED LEARNING ON HOW TO MAKE THE WORK OF TEACHING VISIBLE AND UNCOVER THE FACTORS UNDERLYING CLASSROOM PRACTICES.