Practice Principles for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Andrea ChesterUncategorized1 Comment

ITE staff, please see below information from the Professional Practice and Workforce Reform Branch, Department of Education and Training

Following the release of the High Impact Teaching Strategies (HITs) in 2017, the Department is pleased to announce the release of the Practice Principles for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

This evidence-based learning and teaching resource comprises a Vision for Learning as well as Nine Practice Principles for Teaching and Learning, and provides a tailored entry point into the Department’s Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO) state-wide policy priorities. These priorities include:

By engaging with the 9 Practice Principles for Teaching and Learning, PSTs, school-based mentors and/or supervisors, and university-based teacher educators can work towards a shared and strengthened understanding of excellence in classroom practice. Importantly, these Practice Principles can prompt conversations which challenge how we think about teaching. The Vision for Learning supports this understanding by providing a guide to teaching and learning programs that drive school improvement, and enable all students to experience learning growth and achievement.

The Practice Principles have been designed to replace the Department’s Principles of Learning and Teaching (POLT), and will eventually be transitioned into the Key Selection Criteria for graduate teachers in Victoria. This new resource may add value and complement your university’s current learning and teaching resources provided to PSTs as part of their participation in an ITE course.  To support this transition, links within the resource to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers will assist PSTs in their efforts to document their progress towards the Graduate Standards and beyond.

Paper copies of the Practice Principles for Excellence in Teaching and Learning are on their way. If you would like a copy please let Tracey know.

One Comment on “Practice Principles for Excellence in Teaching and Learning”

  1. Hi – I think it’s always interesting to read these sorts of lists – while there are some useful ideas here – and these are good to critically engage with in tutorials and so forth … it’s a pity that social factors that impact learning seem to take a back seat in such discussions and in such lists … How does social class for instance impact what it means to collaborate in a learning context and how do the broader educative systems we work in curtail a teacher’s capacity to foster collaboration in a classroom space ? – Broader systems with their insistence on standards and conformity – and that work against teachers trying to realise the sorts of teaching aims that are listed?

    I’m always interested in the way that ‘evidence’ is often used uncritically … without talking about the ethical dimensions of educative decision making …
    for instance … the evidence is clear that if I tie a student up to stop them moving that I will probably be successful … the real question though – in an educative space – is an ethical one … we know that we can tie people up and that the evidence is that they will be stopped from moving … but the deciding factor in whether we do this is an ethical one – Is whether we should be doing this?

    I’m left with a question – who benefits when we erase questions to do with social factors in policy documents ? Where do such documents seek to locate success and failure in classrooms ? Why would Govt seek to story success and failure in this way (it’s all down to teachers and individual learners) ? I think I know why …

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