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The Foundations of Teaching for Learning programme is designed for teachers and educators of all abilities and backgrounds; from those who are new to the classroom and looking for development, to experienced teachers ready to reboot their skills for modern education. With dynamic lessons taught by established and respected professionals from across the Commonwealth, this eight course programme will see you develop and strengthen your skills in teaching, professionalism, assessment, and more. As you carry on through the programme, you will find yourself strengthening not only your professional skills, but your connection with colleagues across the globe. A professional development opportunity not to be missed. This course will emphasise what you can do to act professionally. This includes developing your own philosophy of teaching and making sure that you continue to improve your knowledge and skills. It also considers what it means to be part of a community of professionals, working with others to improve what happens in your school, community and profession. Enhance your course by joining the Commonwealth teaching community on our website, Facebook and Twitter....
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Clock
2 hours to complete

What it means to be a professional

This week we will consider what it means to be a teaching professional. We will ask you to think about your own beliefs about teaching and education in light of the expectations that society has for teachers. We will also reflect on the importance of the teacher and the school to the achievement and development of each child. At the end of this week you will have engaged in a personal reflective process to assist you to think about teaching, what is expected of teachers, and what teaching entails. This is something that we will continue to examine and develop in the remaining parts of the course....
Reading
4 videos (Total 46 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
What society expects of teachers9m
The importance of the teacher to student outcomes and development13m
My reasons for becoming a teacher12m
Reading5 readings
Syllabus10m
Grading and Logistics10m
Portfolio10m
FAQ10m
Outline for Week One10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz 120m
Week
2
Clock
4 hours to complete

Ethics, codes of conduct and standards for teachers

Now that we have started to consider teaching as a profession, we will begin to reflect on professional behaviour and ethics in more detail. We will look at the various means that are used to ensure that agreed professional standards are met. The topics covered are: professional ethics; professional distance; the features and uses of professional standards for teachers; the formal procedures around the accreditation of teacher education courses, teacher registration, certification, appraisal, and performance management; and teacher behaviour and codes of conduct. You'll also be encouraged to reflect upon what happens in your particular school or context and how this compares with these more general expectations for teachers and schools held by society and in various parts of the world....
Reading
5 videos (Total 68 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video5 videos
Features and uses of professional standards16m
Registration, certification, appraisal and performance management10m
Codes of conduct and discipline of teachers7m
Interview One20m
Reading1 reading
Outline for Week Two10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz 220m
Week
3
Clock
1 hour to complete

Legal and administrative responsibilities of a teacher

This week we will consider the roles that statute law, judge-made law and case law play in teaching and schooling. We will examine the concept of duty of care, the care that is owed to students by their teachers and school, and its implications for your professional practice. We will also consider the rights and responsibilities of students, parents, caregivers, and teachers. What is and is not reasonable for parents and students to ask for in relation to schooling? You will be encouraged to reflect upon your professional behaviour as a teacher and to consider how these issues might impact upon current practices in your classroom and in your school. You will also be encouraged to discuss these issues with your principal, colleagues, and other course participants....
Reading
5 videos (Total 54 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Negligence (Part 1)14m
Negligence (Part 2)8m
A duty to educate7m
The rights and responsibilities of students, parents and teachers11m
Reading1 reading
Outline for Week Three10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz 320m
Week
4
Clock
4 hours to complete

Developing a personal philosophy of teaching

Building on the last three weeks, we will now consider the importance of developing a personal philosophy of teaching. We will look at the impact that teaching and schools can have on student learning and development, and on student lives more generally. We will examine research that demonstrates how and why views on the impact of teaching have changed over time, and consider some of the big challenges we face in ensuring that every student has access to quality teaching. We will also examine the concept of socio-economic status and its influence on student achievement. An important issue we will emphasize this week is the need for all teaching strategies and approaches to have a strong evidence base grounded in research. We will utilize effect size research to consider those strategies which have lesser and greater effects on student learning. We encourage you to reflect upon your values, beliefs, and current philosophy of teaching....
Reading
5 videos (Total 64 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video5 videos
Evidence on effective teaching (1)14m
Evidence on effective teaching (2)18m
My values, beliefs and current philosophy of teaching5m
Interview Two18m
Reading1 reading
Outline for Week Four10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz 420m
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Top Reviews

By DOOct 19th 2018

I had an awesome experience while learning this course. Very educative that I found it easy to integrate it into my everyday work. Thanks a lot Coursera for such opportunity.

By EMNov 3rd 2016

There was so much to learn on how to build up my teaching career. It was quite enlightening. Thanks to the team for this course!

Instructors

Professor Stephen Dinham

Chair of Teacher Education and Director of Learning and Teaching
University of Melbourne, Australia

Professor John MacBeath

Professor Emeritus
University of Cambridge, UK

About Commonwealth Education Trust

The Commonwealth Education Trust invests in primary and secondary education and the professional development of teachers throughout their careers. Through education it seeks to enhance the opportunities for children from all walks of life to contribute to the sustainable development of their communities. ...

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