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Archived Version 2019 - 2020

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module will enable students to link coursework with the practice of teaching through undertaking school placement in middle/senior classes. Students will develop further their understanding of the professional role of the teacher. Within placement settings students will expand their knowledge, skills and understanding of effective teaching, planning, classroom management and assessment. Students will deepen their skills in reflective practice through observing teaching and learning and critically evaluating and reviewing their own teaching. Students will apply strategies to implement collaborative and cooperative group work and deepen their understanding of implementing enquiry and activity based learning. Students will develop and evaluate the effectiveness of their strategies in classroom management and organisation.

Learning Outcomes

1. Undertake structured observation, teaching, dialogue and reflection in the classroom.
2. Write a structured lesson plan encompassing learning outcomes, content, resources, activities, key questions and lesson conclusion.
3. Write progressional schemes indicating broad outcomes and lesson progression in content, skills, concepts for a series of lessons in English, Gaeilge, Mathematics and one other curriculum area.
4. Demonstrate effective communication skills and classroom organisation which facilitate effective teaching and learning with individuals, whole class work and group work.
5. Undertake self-evaluation and implement goals to generate change and improvement.
6. Identify and apply assessment strategies in short-term planning, ong-term planning and in teaching.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Total Workload: 0

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Indicative Content
Development on Year 1 work in respect of: The Code of Professional Conduct (Teaching Council, 2012); health, safety and wellbeing of children (School Policy and Statutory Requirements/Child Protection); Internet safety; ethics of classroom observation. Lesson Planning. Learning Outcomes. Preparation and Use of Resources. Writing Key Questions. Planning for diverse learners and differentiated learning. Lesson Evaluation and annotation using evaluation prompts. Long-term planning. Teaching Notes Folder and a Resource Folder. Classroom Organisation, Strategies and Skills. Behaviour Management Strategies and Skills (Linked to School and Class Policy). Planning and facilitating group work, collaborative and cooperative learning. Integrated learning. Time Management. Observing and utilising assessment strategies (AfL).

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
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TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
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