Develop your expertise
This Masterclass course is primarily designed around the class-teacher role, but many of the topics covered are applicable for the specialist teacher. You don’t need to be familiar with middle school education, or be working in it, to benefit from this course.
It’s perfect for anyone interested in middle school education who wants to broaden their field of knowledge and meet the rapidly changing demands of adolescent students.
In this program you will:
- Focus on student development
- Create flexible learning for individual students
- Use a trans-disciplinary approach to find relevant content for your students
- Understand your own impact on student learning
- Reflect on what you’ve learnt during the course.
What you will receive
USC Certificate of Participation worth 25 hours of professional development.
Matthew Cunnane has been studying and working in Steiner education for more than 25 years. He has worked and studied in the UK, USA, and Australia.
Matthew has also presented at multiple conferences, including the Australian Council for Education Research’s Excellence in Professional Practice Conference. He has also been a sessional lecturer at USC.
Email the course coordinator if you would like more information.
We will start with an overview and explanation of the course. This is necessary as teaching is a holistic activity and to understand the parts discussed each day we need to see how it relates to the objectives. We will also have an overview and discussion on the middle school child. This is pertinent to the third session on developing capacities in students – specifically, what it means to teach for capacities
On day two, we will look at what is essential for students to know in a crowded curriculum to ensure they are ready for next steps in their learning. We will also participate in a focus session on science lessons and discuss how introducing a new subject is introducing a new capacity.
Our classes turn to the learning process. This includes understanding the learning process, writing and using it, and assessing students against it. Using learning progressions is a good way to ensure teaching remains developmentally focused and individualised.
During these sessions we will create and learn to use assessment instruments that focus on encouraging capacity development as well as content knowledge. We will also look at effective feedback practices that improve learning such as what should be included in reports about the student.
In these sessions, we will investigate the benefits of using rich tasks and how to create them so that they provide an appropriate level of challenge, provide ‘real world’ application and engagement. We will also reconceptualise lesson planning. Instead of just being a document for administration and record keeping we will explore how to use it for a consciousness soul exercise.