What have Superman, Batman, teachers and mentors got in common? They were all part of an interactive Professional Experience Workshop offered to LHC staff by Prof Denise Beutel and Dr Elizabeth Curtis as part of our partnership with Queensland University of Technology's Faculty of Education.
The workshop was well attended by LHC teachers who wanted to find out more about the important role they can play in teacher education, and how they can best prepare for the role of mentoring, supervising and coaching with preservice teachers and/or beginning teachers. The workshop gave insights into teacher education and provided a behind the scenes look at how QUT works with the profession and the various accreditation processes that govern teacher education providers. A variety of mentoring and supervisory models were shared to give teachers an overview of the many ways they can best utilise the various developmental stages of pre-service teacher education. In addition to finding out more about supporting pre-service teachers, one of the most valuable parts of the workshop gave insights into the important work of mentoring beginning teachers and how teachers can further their skills in coaching and support for their colleagues.
One of the workshop activities asked the participants to use the Batman or Superman poster provided to write down the qualities and skills that a good mentor or pre-service teacher supervisor might possess. And that’s where our superheroes – aka LHC teachers - came to life. It didn’t take long to fill the posters, and to realise what a range of skills are required - and that many already have - as a mentor for new colleagues or as a supervisor for pre-service teachers.
LHC works with on pre-service teachers from a number of universities. The workshop provided practical advice and reassurances for our teachers who take on the responsibility associated with mentoring and supervising, a process that is vital to ensure LHC continues to attract and retain high quality new graduates and beginning teachers. The workshop addressed our 2019 Professional Learning Program theme of ‘Developing your Career’, helping out teachers to meet their AITSL standards and gave insights into leadership opportunities for anyone planning for progression to HAT or LEAD program.