This unit explores the emphasis on literacy and numeracy as necessary knowledge and skills for life. The unit examines the essential need for literacy and numeracy competence in order for young people to successfully engage with all disciplines across the curriculum. In this unit, you will examine the general and subject-specific literacy and numeracy knowledge and skills that need to be explicitly taught or implicitly present and modelled in the teaching of each curriculum area. The unit covers strategies for planning and embedding literacy and numeracy learning within all curriculum areas, with a specific focus on effective literacy and numeracy teaching relevant to your major and minor subject specialisations.
The unit covers strategies for assessing and identifying the diverse literacy and numeracy learning needs of young people and current research on best practice in interventions to improve their literacy and numeracy knowledge and skills. The unit also addresses your own literacy and numeracy learning and explores the ways to extend your proficiency in these areas.
The professional experience component of this unit entails attending a placement school (primary or secondary respective of the course being completed) for a block of 10 consecutive days in the same school attended for ED733. Under the supervision of an experienced teacher you will apply and develop your teaching practices, teaching whole classes for whole lessons up to a half-day load as negotiated with your supervising teacher based on your progress and performance. You will continue to focus on learning through regularly observing and reflecting on experienced teachers’ practices.
You will attend a preparation class prior to the professional experience placement and a debrief class after its completion. During the placement, your supervising teacher will provide you with advice, support and feedback to support your progress and improve your practices, and will assess your teaching against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the graduate level. You are required to incorporate digital technologies into your teaching, learning, preparation and assessment practices displaying improving personal proficiency. As you progress through the Professional Experience, you are expected to demonstrate increasing competence and professional growth and become well immersed in school life.
* The changing role and responsibility of teachers for literature and numeracy: the Victorian Curriculum F-10 and Australian Curriculum General capabilities
* Getting to know and improve your own numeracy and literacy standards
* Key issues in literacy
* Strategies for teaching literacy across the curriculum
* Strategies for teaching numeracy across the curriculum
* Identifying and developing literacy skills in content areas
* The role of ICT in promoting literacy and numeracy
* Considerations for working with EAL/D students
* Assessing literacy and numeracy and using data of assessments for planning
* The senior years teaching literacy and numeracy in VCAL
* Preparing for Professional Experience in school
* Reflecting and debriefing on your professional experience in school