2019 Comprehensive Program
Learning Resources

All 4 comprehensive programs run in 2019 are based on the HITS or High Impact Teaching Strategies published by the Victorian Department of Education and Training.

What is HITS?

The HITS are 10 instructional practices that reliably increase student learning wherever they are applied. They emerge from the findings of tens of thousands of studies of what has worked in classrooms across Australia and the world. International experts such as John Hattie and Robert Marzano have synthesized these studies and ranked hundreds of teaching strategies by the contribution they make to student learning [see the ‘What is effect size?’ box]. The HITS sit at the top of these rankings.

Some teachers will ask, “But will they work in my classroom, with my students?” Only the professional judgement of teachers, both individual and collective, can answer that question. For any concept or skill that students need to learn, using a HITS to teach it increases the chances that students will learn it, compared to using other strategies. But they are reliable, not infallible. Knowing their students and how they learn, teachers are well-placed to judge whether a HITS or another strategy is the best choice to teach that concept or skill. 

The HITS will not be new to most teachers. The purpose of this resource is to bring them together in one place, along with practical examples of how other Victorian teachers are using them successfully. The HITS alone do not constitute a complete framework for professional practice. They are part of the full set of instructional practices that contribute to a comprehensive pedagogical model [see diagram]. 

Who is HITS for?

Teachers

The HITS will support teachers at every career stage. Each strategy is accompanied by two examples. The examples show teachers how to adapt the HITS to different learning goals and needs, and to respond to different school contexts.For beginning teachers, the HITS are a bank of reliable instructional practices they can use with confidence. For experienced teachers, this resource can add to their understanding of the HITS they are already using and suggest new ways to use them in the classroom. Even teachers highly familiar with the HITS will benefit from this resource as they pursue mastery of these valuable instructional practices through practice, reflection, shared observation and feedback.

cLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW TO ACCESS THE LEARNING MATERIALS FOR THE 2019 COMPREHENSIVE COURSES

These learning material will provide you with links to the assessment tasks as well as additional resources in the form of journal articles or videos to further your learning. 

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Program #1

METACOGNITIVE STRATEGIES

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Program #2

DIFFERENTIATED TEACHING

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Program #3

COLLABORATIVE LEARNING

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Program #4

QUESTIONING TECHNIQUES

Program Structure

Each comprehensive program is divided into 3 modules in the following segments:

Note: All recordings of webinars and discussion forums can be accessed as on-demand recordings in your learning portal. 

Module 1:
  • 1 x 90 minute webinars
  • 1 x 30 minute discussion forum
  • 2 x learning tasks
Module 2:
  • 1 x 60 minute webinars
  • 1 x 30 minute discussion forum
  • 1 x learning task
Module 3:
  • 1 x 60 minute webinars
  • 1 x 30 minute discussion forum
  • 2 x learning tasks

All modules also provide you with additional learning resources to deepen your learning on the topics. 

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