Last month I was delighted to have the opportunity to attend the 2019 Beginning Teachers’ Conference organised by our students. Originally established for our B.Ed students the day is now a regular event in the calendar for our ITE graduating students who are planning careers in primary and secondary education.
The conference, held during school holidays at Hazel Glen College, included a terrific panel of School Leaders talking about what they look for in new graduates, with lots of useful advice about how to pitch a job application and present at interviews.
There were sessions with recent graduates sharing their experiences in the field, both locally and those who have found work in remote communities. There were practical workshops on portfolios, the challenges of first year teaching, developing good parent-teacher relationships, inclusion and CRT work.
I was pleased to have an opportunity to talk with the students about wellbeing, study and working as a teacher. I began by asking them what they imagined they will be doing this time next year. You may be interested in their responses:
Masterminded by Richard Johnson and Peter Meaney, the day is organised for students by students and is a great example of a Students as Partners initiative.
Congratulations and many thanks to all involved for this wonderful event.