Professional Engagement

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Content in this category evidences my ability to cover standard 7 of AITSL’s National Professional Standards for Teachers “engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community”. For each subcategory I will provide at least one example of how I achieve that standard.

7.1  Meet professional ethics and responsibilities

I ran a short session with staff about the use of using Creative Commons to address the aspect of the ICT General Capability: “Applying social and ethical protocols and practices when using ICT”. This can be used to teach students about copyright, permissions, and how to collaborate effectively online.

7.2  Comply with legislative, administrative and organisational requirements

I have maintained my teacher registration, mandatory reporting certificates, and first aid training throughout my career.

I have regularly submitted SACE plans for approval, work for moderation and external marking, and complied with will all administrative and organisational requirements of SACE subjects.

I volunteered to be a member of an effort grade committee and helped develop a new effort grade scheme that was phrased constructively, clarified what constitutes ‘best effort’, and ensured effort was considered separately from academic achievement. I created a draft document of the group’s work and presented it at a secondary school staff meeting, in which it was well received. The group’s work was successfully implemented.

7.3   Engage with parents/carers

I have run parent information sessions for parents in my 12 English Communications classes to show them how to navigate the class wikispace, allow them to meet each other, and provide them an opportunity to ask questions. Parents also used it an a chance to personally discuss with me any issues their child has that may affect their academic year.

I use File Maker Pro to assess student work, and part of that process means that when students receive their work back, their parents get a copy too. This means that parents are kept informed of their child’s level of achievement more regularly than the usual end of term reports.

7.4 Engage with professional teaching networks and broader communities

I regularly attend the SAETA Annual State Conferences. It is always inspiring to hear great ideas, gather resources, and connect with colleagues. I have presented a range of workshops at these conferences including:

  • Going Paper Free (looking at how access to resources, the curriculum, assessment, and marking can all be done electronically)
  • Using Web 2.0 Tools to Enhance Teaching (focusing on Google Docs, Wikis, Blogs, Pinterest and QR Codes as educational tools;  my notes at this Google Doc).
  • Do Anything You Want (managing free choice in Applications and getting students to produce great writer’s statements in 12 English Communications)

I am also  a member of the South Australian English Teacher Association’s Facebook group because it is a fantastic way to quickly and easily share ideas and resources with others.

I have had the opportunity to attend the AATE National Conferences in Perth (2010), Melbourne (2011) and Adelaide (2016). These are amazing events that allow for deep engagement with English teaching networks.

I am a moderator and external marker for English Communications for the SACE Board. It is a great way to work with a range of English professionals, be inspired by what other teachers to with their students, and gain a deeper understanding of the expectations of SACE.

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