General Description

Your first year of teaching is going to be as challenging as it is rewarding. Being prepared is the key. This professional development session will look at how to manage all of the firsts you will encounter such as: communicating effectively with parents; writing reports; creating classroom management plans; working with Domain Leaders and Year Level Co-ordinators; planning and documenting curriculum; effective assessment; tips on getting organised for full VIT registration.


There will be interactive aspects of all sessions and an opportunity to exchange ideas with others. You will walk away invigorated, with a plethora of resources and hopefully having had some fun too!


This session is aimed at Victorian teachers in their first two years of teaching.  Examples will mainly be given from a secondary school perspective.

Teaching Standards

2.2.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Content selection and organisation:  Organise content into coherent, well-sequenced learning and teaching programs,

3.5.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Use effective classroom communication:  Use effective verbal and non-verbal communication strategies to support student understanding, participation, engagement and achievement,

4.1.2 Proficient Level - Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments - Support student participation:   Establish and implement inclusive and positive interactions to engage and support all students in classroom activities,

4.2.2 Proficient Level - Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments - Manage classroom activities:   Establish and maintain orderly and workable routines to create an environment where student time is spent on learning tasks,

5.2.2 Proficient Level - Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning - Provide feedback to students on their learning:   Provide timely, effective and appropriate feedback to students about their achievement relative to their learning goals,

5.5.2 Proficient Level - Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning -Report on student achievement:  Report clearly, accurately and respectfully to students and parents/carers about student achievement, making use of accurate and reliable records


Are you in NSW? If so, this is relevant for you

This course may contribute towards Elective PD hours. Visit for more details.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Module 1: Introduction and Goal Setting

    • Introduction

    • Task: Reflection

    • Words From a Beginning Teacher

    • Optional Reading - Becoming an Ethical Teacher

    • Task: Reflection on Best Moments and Concerns

  • 2

    Module 2: Starting the Year Effectively

    • Aims and Objectives

    • Task: Expectations Reflection

    • Starting the Year Effectively

    • Sample Start of Year Expectations Sheet

    • Sample Classroom Management Plan

    • Task: Expectations for Next Year

  • 3

    Module 3: Curriculum Your Way

    • Aims and Objectives

    • Curriculum Your Way

    • Task: What Curriculum Documentation Were You Given?

    • Lesson Planning

    • Write a Lesson Plan

    • Setting Activities and Exit Passes

    • Extension Reading - Standard Sentence Structure

    • Extension Reading - Explicit Instruction

    • Unit Planning

    • Sample Term Planner (My Design)

    • Sample Term Planner (My Design) Year 9 English

    • Understanding by Design Planner (Resourced)

    • Task: Reflection on Unit Planning

  • 4

    Module 4: Dealing with Difficult People

    • Aims and Objectives

    • Task: What Communication Issues are You Most Concerned With?

    • Introduction and Dealing with Difficult Students

    • Student Management Guru Bill Rogers Gives His Tips

    • Task: Bill Rogers Reading

    • Dealing with Difficult Parents and Colleagues

    • Task: Scenarios

  • 5

    Module 5: Writing Reports

    • Aims and Objectives

    • Writing Reports

    • Sample Achievement Standard Tracker Format

    • Helpful Report Comments

    • Task: Good or Bad Comments

    • Task: Write a Home Group Report for a Student

  • 6

    Module 6: VIT Registration

    • Aims and Objectives

    • VIT Registration

    • VIT Option 1 - Most Common

    • Sample Commentaries on Professional Learning

    • Task: Pick a Unit and Student for Part 2

    • Task: Reflection on a Professional Development Activity

    • Task: Choose a VIT and a Focus Area

  • 7

    Module 7: Conclusion

    • Conclusion

  • 8

    Course Feedback

    • Course Feedback

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