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Course 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 (VIC teachers)

You will walk away invigorated, with a plethora of resources and hopefully having had some fun too!


Beginning teachers in their first two years of teaching. Examples will mainly be given from a secondary school perspective.

Teaching Standards

3.2.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Plan, structure and sequence learning programs:  Plan and implement well-structured learning and teaching programs or lesson sequences that engage students and promote learning

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

6.2.2 Proficient Level - Engage in Professional Learning - Engage in professional learning and improve practice:  Participate in learning to update knowledge and practice targeted to professional needs and school and/or system priorities

$  329 + GST - Individual Enrolment
$1250 + GST - Team Enrolment

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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


Lauren Cook

Lauren Cook

Lauren Cook can’t remember a time when she didn’t want to teach. From the beginning of her career in 2001, she strove to understand what was at the basis of good teaching and learning. Lauren spent many of her early years of teaching in brand new schools, where the exploration of best practice was at the forefront. She undertook a variety of leadership roles from curriculum to professional learning to student management. She also joined the Faculty of Education at Deakin University to work with pre-service teachers.  In 2010, Lauren became an Assistant Principal but missed her role in the classroom. She now wants to focus more on teaching and learning, and contributing to developing professional networks of teachers committed to best practice. She is Deputy Head of Wellbeing and Head of Boys at St Margaret's and Berwick Grammar School in Victoria

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