The English Classroom

A HELPFUL GUIDE FOR PRESERVICE AND GRADUATE TEACHERS

As the Covid 19 pandemic landed in Australia in early 2020, I began to consider different ways that I could support preservice and graduate teachers in their first year in the classroom. The first year is a collection of new experiences and challenges. Assessments. Behaviour management. New content knowledge. Procedures. It can be difficult to know where to begin. Teachers spend a great deal of time at university unpacking educational pedagogy and methodologies for best practise. However, being in the classroom and having your own students is a unique experience and very different from the safety of working with a mentor teacher.

For this reason, I begun designing this website and began to consider important focal areas that might be of interest to English teachers beginning their career in education. Each area of the website is a rabbit hole in itself. Many people much smarter than I am have explored these ideas in greater detail. However, the tools that you will find on this website are designed for practically and quick implementation. You will find step by step guides to approach specific topics or situations in the classroom. Elsewhere, you might find resources that you could modify for your own classroom. I am also in the process of including the AITSL standards that graduate teachers need to address when constructing their graduate portfolio. The resources you find will be helpful in understanding how you might meet these teacher standards in your own context.

I hope you find these resources helpful in supporting your students and developing your own style. And as always, if there is something in particular that you would like support with, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Enjoy the adventure,

Luke Raynsford

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