The 2021 Term 1 Courses
Here you will find course titles, descriptions, times, presenter, length and AITSL standards that each course will address.
If looking for topics not covered here please browse through the 2020 and 2019 On demand courses for your professional development needs.
With Ben Pisani
5:00 – 6:00pm
The Victorian Teaching and Learning Model is an all encompassing approach to education in Victorian schools. It covers the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO), the practice principles, the pedagogical model and the High Impact Teaching Strategies (HITS). This is essential knowledge for any CRT working in Victorian schools. While the model is a compulsory element of government schools, it also influences practice in non-government schools. This is an important session for you to include in your CRT professional development plan.
with Sally Lentini
6:30 – 7:30pm
Bullying is an issue that many students face, and while it often occurs outside of the classroom, it frequently finds its way into our learning space which can affect the ways in which students interact in the learning environment. This session will explore different techniques to identify and deal with bullying in the learning space and strategies to prevent this behaviour from affecting student learning.
with David Vinegrad
8:00 – 9:00pm
Every Victorian student has experienced a period of disruption in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic. We should not assume that all students will simply settle back into classroom routines after spending up to 6 months learning remotely. Some students may have experienced the pandemic as a form of trauma, others may have increased anxiety, and some will have thrived in remote learning. This session will explore the difficulties that some students might experience in settling back into school routines, the typical strategies that teachers will use to create those routines and the unique role that CRTs will have in reinforcing routines when students are settling back into the school year.
with Antoinette Masiero
10:00 – 11:30am
One to one and small group tutoring can support students who have learning difficulties and those who have, or are falling behind the expected achievement rates. The small group setting allows for more focused assessment of where the student is at, increased opportunities for teacher to student feedback and student to teacher feedback and sustained engagement in learning activities. One to one and small group tutoring requires a different skill set than whole class teaching. In this session, aimed at teachers working in primary settings, the presenter will share their experience of successful strategies working one to one and with small groups and then open a discussion for all participants to share their knowledge and the resources that they have used in one to one and small group environments.
with Heidi Ratje
10:30 – 12:00pm
Victoria is first state or territory in Australia to introduce funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten. Research shows that quality play-based learning is a powerful way to support children’s learning and development. The benefits last into the school years and beyond. Programs for three year old children will be an increasing focus for thinking about pedagogy and practice in the early years. This session will explore how three year old provision might impact on programs and teaching practice and what has been learned form the pilot programs conducted in 2020 in regions of Victoria.
with Amy Cotton
12:00 – 1:30pm
One to one and small group tutoring can support students who have learning difficulties and those who have, or are falling behind the expected achievement rates. The small group setting allows for more focused assessment of where the student is at, increased opportunities for teacher to student feedback and student to teacher feedback and sustained engagement in learning activities. One to one and small group tutoring requires a different skill set than whole class teaching. In this session, aimed at teachers working in secondary settings, the presenter will share their experience of successful strategies working one to one and with small groups and then open a discussion for all participants to share their knowledge and the resources that they have used in one to one and small group environments.
with Shadia Hancock and Jane Hancock
12:30 – 2:00pm
This is a unique session on working with students with ASD. The session will be co-presented by a teacher who has worked with ASD students in the classroom while parenting her own daughter who has ASD. The presenter will be joined by her daughter who is now widely recognised for her work in sharing her experiences of being a student in a mainstream school when diagnosed with ASD. This is a session not to be missed by all those teachers who are keen to find new ways to support the learning of students with ASD.
with Boney Nathan
2:00 – 3:00pm
Students with English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) may experience difficulties in their learning. Teachers who are equipped with resources and strategies to support EAL/D students can assist these students to overcome barriers to their learning. The evidence shows that teaching practices that support EAL/D students also enhance the learning of mainstream students. This session will explore successful teaching activities that have worked with students in the middle years (upper primary and lower secondary).
with David Innes
2:30 – 3:30pm
It can be challenging for even the most experienced CRTs to work with a group of students if no lesson has been left. This course explores the elements of a well structured lesson. A thorough comprehension of sound lesson structure will help both experienced and new CRTs to maintain a professional approach even if there are gaps in knowledge about the content of the learning program. As well as presenting a selection of classic one-off lesson ideas, the presenter will create the opportunity for participants to share their ‘break glass in an emergency’ lessons.