University pre-service teachers reconnect with Year 10s

28 August 2013

Nearly 200 Year 10 students from six Compass partner high schools have had another session with University of Sydney pre-service teachers to learn about effective methods of self-directed study. This was the third part of the extended "Preparation for Senior Study" program that Compass is piloting in 2013 and the second session held in partner schools.

Thanks again to the support of Dr Jen Scott Curwood of the Faculty of Education and Social Work, 30 combined Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Humanities and Social Sciences) students volunteered during their regular class time to lead small groups of school students through discovering their preferred learning style.

The pre-service teachers had all previously participated in the Term 2 school visit and, to build upon this experience, they were asked to develop and deliver their own activity for half of the lesson. Developing a learning activity is a vital aspect of teaching and for many of the pre-service teachers this was their first opportunity to practise this skill. The pre-service teachers rose to the challenge, catering for students' varied learning styles through the use of coloured handouts, paper dice and even 80s pop songs!

Once again, the pre-service teachers' efforts were well-received by students and staff at our partner schools. One teacher commented, "It was great to see how engaged the [Year 10] students were. This group of students can be difficult to engage so it was great to see them interacting with the student teachers and genuinely enjoying the experience." The secondary English pre-service teachers found the experience equally valuable as a professional development opportunity, with one pre-service teacher noting, "Exploring how to deliver the content in a dynamic way also helped me develop my pedagogical practice."

The fourth and final session of the "Preparation for Senior Study" program will be held in Term 4.