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Inside Teaching : April 2011
www.atra.edu.au | firstname.lastname@example.org PROFESSION 17 • the first week of school, including the day before students commence so that PiTE pre-service teachers can see how classes begin for the year, and how expectations and routines are established • one day a week in their school, negotiated around their university timetable, for first semester in addition to their third practicum block of four weeks, and • two days a week in their school for second semester, in addition to their final practicum of five weeks, usually in the same school. This additional time in schools allows PiTE pre-service teachers to see how a whole year unfolds, to build relationships with students and staff, and to work in targeted ways with individuals and small groups, so that by the end of the school year they’re on the front foot and classroom-ready for their appointment as a teacher in a DoE school. Consultation with principals at the start of the 2010 school year indicates that we achieved this goal with the 2009 cohort. Before the school year commences and during the year there are scheduled meetings for learning conversations