10 episodes

CPL Podcast episodes are professional conversations around practical and important aspects of teaching and Public Education.

To contact CPL please email cpl@nswtf.org.au

The CPL Podcast contributes to the purpose of the Centre for Professional Learning which is the professional development arm of the NSW Teachers Federation.

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    • Education
    • 4.1 • 16 Ratings

CPL Podcast episodes are professional conversations around practical and important aspects of teaching and Public Education.

To contact CPL please email cpl@nswtf.org.au

The CPL Podcast contributes to the purpose of the Centre for Professional Learning which is the professional development arm of the NSW Teachers Federation.

    The Teacher's Voice in Educational Assessment

    The Teacher's Voice in Educational Assessment

    Professor Jim Tognolini from the Centre for Educational Measurement and Assessment (CEMA), University of Sydney asserts that assessment is a central activity in all education and that its main function is to improve learning. He stresses that the teacher's voice and professional judgement are essential in this process.

    "Assessment is the professional judgement [of the teacher] based on an image of what the student knows and can and cannot do. [It is the] monitoring of that image along a developmental continuum over time."

    "We have to have confidence in assessment and our ability to do assessment well."

    "People equate data to NAPLAN or test scores. No! Data is things you observe [about students]. It is qualitative. It's quantitative."

    "We have to educate our communities [about assessment]. They have to understand that NAPLAN is just one more bit of information."

    "Our schools are swamped by evidence and data. We've got to have a way to think about it in a contextualised way."

    For information about CPL Podcast contributors, as well as Off Class episodes, Journal of Professional Learning articles and Centre for Professional Learning courses, please visit our website www.cpl.asn.au

    • 28 min
    Measuring What We Value In Education

    Measuring What We Value In Education

    Professor Jim Tognolini explains how it is both possible, and important, to measure values. He explains the process that can be used to develop descriptors and rubrics to measure them. . .

    “Everything can be measured”

    “We should be measuring what we value rather than valuing what we can measure”

    Measuring values – “It is something so valuable for schools to take up”

    ‘It’s the process of working together to make explicit what you value”

    For information about CPL Podcast contributors, as well as Off Class episodes, Journal of Professional Learning articles and Centre for Professional Learning courses, please visit our website www.cpl.asn.au

    • 40 min
    Off Class - New to a Country School K-12

    Off Class - New to a Country School K-12

    Cath Jeffery guides you to success in regional and rural NSW…

    It is great to live in a country town. You can feel invested in the local history and valued in ways that build lifelong relationships.

    • Get to know your students and the town.
    • Establish boundaries very early and make it clear you are a teacher.
    • Focus on developing your teaching and avoid taking on too much, especially if you are a beginning teacher.
    • Incorporate local resources into your teaching as much as possible.
    • Take time to reflect on your teaching and relationship with the community.
    • Get to know the backgrounds of your students’ families.
    • A lot of residents will have attended and be invested in their local public school.
    • Try to respect and build upon the authentic relationships between the school and community.
    • Find opportunities to include community in ownership of the curriculum.
    • Be an advocate and empower students to work together for positive changes and services in their town.

    For information about Off Class contributors, takeaway notes and graphic summary, as well as the CPL Podcast, Journal of Professional Learning articles and Centre for Professional Learning courses, please visit our website www.cpl.asn.au

    • 6 min
    Low-SES Communities: Remote Possibilities Special Part II

    Low-SES Communities: Remote Possibilities Special Part II

    Jowen Hillyer emphasises the importance of understanding unique school community needs and ensuring the structure of online schooling works for families...

    “I think we need to check our assumptions at the door a little but too... every parent wants the best for their child but when there are competing elements... it can’t work I the same way that a dedicated digital school can.

    Asynchronous learning definitely works the best with check in time points so that we can spread out the device requirements in the home...

    The teachers were always online during their scheduled classes so that students knew they could always contact us at those set times...

    Organise a timetable so that no one is left alone in the staffroom and everyone is checking in on each other... A lot of those supports need to come alongside the supports for students otherwise staff can feel very isolated...”

    For information about CPL Podcast contributors, as well as Off Class episodes, Journal of Professional Learning articles and Centre for Professional Learning courses, please visit our website www.cpl.asn.au

    • 15 min
    When Online Works: Remote Possibilities Special Part I

    When Online Works: Remote Possibilities Special Part I

    Jowen Hillyer has experience building relationships, beginning new classes and teaching well in completely online subjects...

    “For mastery learning and formative tasks, when you’re working in the digital space, you’ve got this immediate feedback... you can see what is going on and step in...

    Maintaining relationships online was something very difficult at first... understanding that you need to connect before you correct is really important...

    Creating a collegial environment [with a new class required] a sense of security by having a structure to every lesson that was going to be the same... having a ‘do now’ activity and then a bit of banter ... getting a discussion going really early on...

    Group accountability needs to happen as well. You need to have that interdependence of goal, you’re not working in isolation, just all on the screen together. There needs to be lots of opportunities to collaborate...”

    For information about CPL Podcast contributors, as well as Off Class episodes, Journal of Professional Learning articles and Centre for Professional Learning courses, please visit our website www.cpl.asn.au

    • 16 min
    Off Class - Support for Students with Disability K-12

    Off Class - Support for Students with Disability K-12

    Claudia Vera guides you to the support needed for students with disability...

    Remember, as a mainstream teacher, you cannot be expected to meet those specialist needs.
    Specialist provision is needed for students with disability.

    • Additional supports or accommodations may need to be put in place to enable learning.
    • It is helpful knowing about a diagnosis. What is even more beneficial is to know the person.
    • All of the syllabus documents use a Universal Design for Learning approach.
    • Ask the student or their parent or carer what the student needs in order to access learning.
    • Talk to other people such as previous teachers, the learning support team or the school counsellor.
    • Every school network has a team of support officers to assist the school.
    • Know the schools for specific purposes (SSPs) in your area.
    For information about Off Class contributors, takeaway notes and graphic summary, as well as the CPL Podcast, Journal of Professional Learning articles and Centre for Professional Learning courses, please visit our website www.cpl.asn.au

    • 7 min

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