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EDPRAC 306B. 13 June - 12 August 2011. Introductions. Bridgit Williams Debora Lee Barbara Watson Student Liaison Practicum AT Liaison Co-ordinator

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Edprac 306b


13 June - 12 August 2011


Bridgit Williams Debora Lee Barbara Watson

Student Liaison Practicum AT Liaison


Laurice Joicey Practicum Administrator

Contact details in Practicum handbooks

Edprac 306b


Me kimihia te ara tokika,

hei orange mo te ao

Seek the right path to

benefit the world

Edprac 306b enabling achievement early childhood
EDPRAC 306BEnabling Achievement Early Childhood

  • Final practicum of the B Ed programme (7 weeks)

    This practicum has a specific focus on

    student teacher agency

Edprac 306b1

13 June - 12 August, 2011

  • seven week practicum

  • final practicum of the 3 year B.Ed.

  • students will graduate at the end of 2011

  • minimum of one written reflection

    per week

  • no pre-set professional goal

  • evidencing specified GTSs

  • triadic assessment

A diverse group
A diverse group

EDPRAC 306B students:

  • come from a diverse range ofcultural and language backgrounds

  • have a range of ECE experience

  • bring a range of prior knowledge

    Students encouraged to bring ‘who they

    are’ to the practicum


  • Students are well briefed on the expectations of practicum and should be clear about these, including the expectations to evidence the GTSs

  • Student are expected to be familiar with the handbook and have completed the required tasks (preparing a profile, develop an in-depth knowledge of agency)

  • The students have access to a wide range of support mechanisms

  • As adult learners they are expected to take responsibility for their own learning

At preparation
AT Preparation

  • Read the practicum handbook and be familiar with the practicum expectations

  • Have available relevant resources (key policies, centre philosophy etc.)

  • Plan time to get to know the student

  • Consider sharing key information about yourself

  • Remember to contact Barbara or Debora if you need clarification or support


  • Students do not have specific tasks (except for reflections and evidencing the specified GTSs and learning outcomes) to complete while on practicum

  • It is expected that they will be implementing learning from their coursework into practice

Course work
Course Work

  • Students have been engaged in studies in:

    • Politics, Philosopy & Education

    • Dance/Drama in the Early Years

    • Social Sciences Education

      Students are expected to make links between their

      course work form the entire 3 year programme

      and practicum experiences

Role of associate teacher
Role of Associate Teacher

Provide opportunities for students to:

  • refine practical experience by engaging with

    children, teachers and families

  • construct new learning, knowledge and


  • try out ideas and theories to test and modify them

    in practice

  • experience as fully as possible the role of the teacher

Role of associate teacher1
Role of Associate Teacher

  • Discuss student responsibilities and participation/contributions

  • Induct student into centre’s policies and programme

  • Observe student’s teaching with reference to the learning


  • Provide support, encouragement and challenge

  • Provide regular, specific verbal and written feedback

  • Model and discuss own assessment, planning, teaching,

    evaluating and reflecting processes and practice

  • Monitor student’s progress carefully

  • Discuss any concerns with student and university supervisor

    as soon as they arise

  • Contribute to the triadic assessment process

  • Complete weekly reports and final report. Return final report to practicum office

The triadic relationship
The triadic relationship

The relationship between the student, the Associate Teacher and the University Supervisor is designed

to facilitate the student successfully completing practicum.

Clear and open communication between all parties

will ensure the optimum learning environment

for the student

A DVD on the triadic process is available on request

from the practicum office

Assessment of practicum
Assessment of Practicum

  • At the triadic meeting all parties will discuss wheher or not the student has met all of the Learning Outcomes. They then agree on the result of the practicum.

  • Pass - learning achieved for all learning outcomes. If any LOs are not met the practicum result is a fail

  • Fail - not all LOs met

  • If this is the case, the student will be offered extra support (more time on practicum, extra help with reflective writing etc) as appropriate


  • Portfolio evidencing the learning outcomes with a particular emphasis on 6 specified GTSs (NB: This is not extra but documentation that serves to evidence both the GTSs and the learning outcomes).

  • A minimum of one written reflection per week (e-mailed to US and using Smyths model. See handbook

    pp. 11-13). It is expected that the student also demonstrate reflective practice through professional discussion.

  • Appropriate permissions sought for observations and assessments

  • Ensure student is aware of centre’s cybersafety policy and expectations around use of photographs


  • Give constructive feedback both verbally and in weekly written report

  • Be specific about what the student is doing well and suggest next steps for them to consider in the ‘future directions’ section of report

  • Discuss verbally the written feedback

  • Provide suggestions about issues in their practice that it might be useful for the student to write reflections on if necessary

If you have concerns
If you have concerns

  • Address them to the student teacher in the first instance and as soon as possible both verbally and in writing

  • Contact the university supervisor. They will support you as appropriate

  • Feel free to contact me for support. 623 8899 xtn 48225 or bs.watson @auckland.ac.nz

If a student is struggling
If a student is struggling

  • they should have received specific feedback about

    their practice and how they might improve

  • the University Supervisor should have been made

    aware of the issue

  • the weekly and final reports will refer to the concerns

  • an extended practicum may be negotiated in order for

    them to successfully meet the learning outcomes

Associate teacher symposium 2 july
Associate Teacher Symposium 2 July

  • This is a fabulous professional learning opportunity designed especially for Associate Teachers.

  • Lorraine Sands form Greerton CoI is the keynote speaker and a wide range of workshops and

    discussion forums will be available

  • Only $20 for the day

  • Register now:

  • http://www.education.auckland.ac.nz/uoa/associate-teachers-symposium

Support for associate teachers
Support for Associate Teachers

  • Web Site

  • Associate Teacher Handbook and meetings

  • Practicum handbooks

  • University Supervisor

  • AT liaison (bs.watson@auckland.ac.nz)

  • Practicum Coordinator (d.lee@auckland.ac.nz)

  • Triadic DVD

  • Combined Associate Teacher Symposium

    (2 July 2011 at Faculty of Education)