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Preservice teachers: Your practicums will pay off

The New South Wales Council of Deans of Education and NESA have developed a new flexible framework for professional experience placements during the period of the coronavirus pandemic. This new framework maintains high standards while adapting to the needs and arrangements of each school.


Preservice teachers can rest assured that their professional placement, no matter what form it has taken, is valid.


“We’re able to count whatever learning is going on in the school where they’re placed,” said Professor John Fischetti, President of the NSW Council of Deans of Education. “If that involves fully face to face ­– great. If it involves a mix of some online teaching and face to face – great. If it is fully online for another little while then it becomes face to face, we’re able to count it. If it’s all face to face, it counts.”


The NSWCDE is the peak body representing university faculties and schools of education in NSW. It leads the delivery and development of education programs, partnerships and research.


“While we know it’s not without its challenges, these new arrangements present an opportunity for preservice teachers to think about learning and teaching in ways that will enhance their flexibility as graduate teachers and help them to build a strong repertoire of valuable new skills,” Professor Fischetti said.


“Be confident that your learning during this time can be an advantage in that there’s new things we’re trying that are pretty promising and many of the schools they’re working in are promoting future focused teaching and learning.”


Flexibility, resilience, thriving in ambiguity and self regulation are just a few of the skills the new arrangements have brought to the fore. “We might not have thought Term 1 and Term 2 were going to emphasise these but it’s pretty good stuff,” Professor Fischetti said.


“Our new teachers will be even more capable of promoting the kind of pedagogical change we’re looking for in schools to get students actively involved in deep learning and really be excited and passionate about what they’re studying.”


Beyond the disruption of the coronavirus, Professor Fischetti encourages preservice teachers to keep their eye on a key foundation of good education: “Be inspiring to young people to create hope and opportunity – that is really why we need schools to begin with, they’re places to be inspired to have a great life.”