What Does Evidence Look Like
There are many ways that you can collect evidence of your classroom practice that shows your progress towards or achievement of the standards at a graduate level.
Three main types of evidence are:
- records (artefacts) of your practice kept in your working portfolio (e.g. lesson/unit plans, reflections, observations, lesson resources, students’ work samples, etc)
- your supervising teacher’s observations of your instructional, assessment and management skills and organisation of the learning environment
- discussions with your supervising teacher or colleagues related to each of the five aspects of practice assessed during professional experience.
A Lesson Plan as evidence
Your planning provides an important record of your knowledge and understanding of the teaching and learning cycle in a real classroom or learning context. Attached here you will find a basic lesson plan template that you can use during your placement to record your planning.
Your Unit Coordinator might introduce you to other planning formats or a simplified version of the attached template to help you learn the process of planning especially if you are completing your first placement. You might also be placed at a school or learning site that requires you to use a specific type of lesson plan template that has been adopted by all teachers at the site. There is no problem if this happens to you as the main point behind planning is to document your thinking about the teaching strategies, learning activities and assessment processes that you will use in the lesson in detail.
The template includes all of the sections required to show your thinking about the content you will teach and how you will teach it in ways that meet the needs of learners in your class group. As you progress through your course, you will learn more about strategies or practices that improve your planning until you can demonstrate the Standards in the Planning Effectively group on the reporting documents at graduate level.
The file attached below steps you through the stages of writing a lesson plan. The example is for a primary setting for a Year 6 class. The lesson has been annotated to explain the way sections of the template are linked and will help you to write clear lesson objectives and develop a plan for checking for evidence of learning that aligns with the curriculum and support the development of a clear introduction, body and conclusion to a lesson.
A good way to learn how to plan is to closely observe the teaching practice modelled by your supervising teacher. The template attached here has been designed to use in a Kindergarten setting to record observation notes on a lesson with young children. Notice how the annotations guide reflection on what is seen and heard as the lesson unfolds.
Examples of evidence
This section of the website shows some examples of the records or artefacts that you will be expected to produce during your professional experience.
The examples show how the pre-service teacher has produced evidence of:
- Planning effectively - Final Year_English_Lesson Plan, Lesson Plan_PP1_Exemplar
- Teaching effectively - Sample Completed Observation, Sample Lesson Evaluation
- Managing effectively
- Assessing and recording student learning - sample lesson first year, sample evidence_assessment
- Reflecting on practice to improve student learning
Please note that the samples are not linked to the assessment criteria for any particular professional experience placement. They are included here as a guide for the level of detail you should include in documentation in your working portfolio. You should refer to the Moodle site for your Professional Practice / Praxis unit and the Guide to Making Judgements in the Information and Guidelines booklet for your placement to know the standard expected of you in each of these areas of practice during a placement.