Key Selection Criteria
In direct response to your requirements, I submit the following:
1. Demonstrated knowledge of initiatives in student learning
including the Standards, the Principles of Learning and
Teaching P-12 and Assessment and Reporting Advice and
the ability to design curriculum programs consistent with
Victorian Essential Learning Standards
VELS is (to me….)
I demonstrate my knowledge of initiatives in student learning including the Standards and the ability to design curriculum programs consistent with their intent in the following ways:
; I have used VELS extensively to support my lesson planning and have implemented
lessons effectively across the various domains in the upper year levels. ; Using the VELS for my planning I have able to effectively plan and implement a variety of
interesting and engaging lessons from an integrated planning perspective. This had enabled
students to target specific learning to their own interests and build on their individual prior
In this way I demonstrate my knowledge and implementation of VELS, PoLT and the assessment and reporting advice across P-6. I also demonstrate that I have a commitment to providing students with an interesting, engaging and relevant curriculum that meets their needs.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of how students learn and
effective classroom teaching strategies and the capacity to
work with colleagues to continually improve teaching and
Students learn in different ways or styles and I am committed to developing a program which engages all students.
All students bring their unique learning styles and difference to the classroom environment. This means that I must be well versed and prepared to cater a vast array of individual needs. To help support and foster learning the learning the environment should be stimulating, engaging and offering a range of resources that cater to a range of individual needs. The learning program needs to be inclusive and integrated to allow students to enter and exit at their own level and pace.
In doing this effective teachers place great emphasis and value on their students backgrounds and cultural differences.
Approach to teaching (constructivist)
Small groups – like minded/abilities students
Variety of strategies
Collaborative learning includes fellow teachers, student and parents. Seeks to continually support and enhance the overall learning of the school community.
Effective teachers recognize the need to maintain networks with colleagues to share relevant pedagogical ideas and strategies.
I demonstrate my understanding of how students learn and effective classroom teaching strategies and the capacity to work with colleagues to continually improve teaching and learning i the following ways:
; Throughout my teaching placements I have planned, executed and modified lesson that
have catered for a diverse range of learners. In doing this, students have been able to
negotiate their learning which in turn provided a greater level of engagement. ; Whilst working at Icanteach Primary School I effectively adapted my learning program to
support the needs of a number autistic students…..this was a benefit to the school/students..
In this way I demonstrate my understanding of effective teaching strategies that lead to quality learning for all students whilst working in collaborating with others towards continual improvement
3. Capacity to monitor and assess student learning data and
to use this data to inform teaching for improved student
Assessment is an essential part of teaching and learning, it informs teachers of how to design their curriculum around student needs. Ongoing monitoring provides students with meaningful feedback to build their confidence and encourage continued effort. Data driven improvement…….
Ongoing assessment; Formative & Summative; Authentic assessment……
I demonstrate my capacity to monitor and assess student learning data and to use this data to inform teaching for improved student learning in the following ways:
; On my placements I have used VELS progression points to create rubric for the assessment
student learning. In negotiating these assessment criteria with students, students were able
to have direct input into the monitoring of various tasks.
; Throughout my teaching placements I have planned, executed and modified lesson
that have catered for a diverse range of learners. In doing this students have been
4. Demonstrated high level written and verbal communication
skills and high level interpersonal skills including a
capacity to develop constructive relationships with
students, parents and other staff.
When dealing with people it is important to maintain harmonious relationships through …. In order to effectively teach and collaborate professionally within a school environment it is necessary for teachers to create and foster constructive relationships with all members of the school community.
Flexible….. adaptable….. different audiences……
Written, verbal interpersonal ……
Effective communication skills is of the highest importance between students, parents and colleagues as it establishes positive relationships and encourages a learning partnership between the school and parents.
I have demonstrated my ability to effectively communicate through:
; Being approachable and open-minded…..leads to …..
; Having an open door approach in my classroom……fosters….
; Respecting students, parents and colleagues and their views, values and beliefs…. has
enable me to……
I demonstrate my high level written and verbal communication skills and high level interpersonal skills including a capacity to develop constructive relationships with students, parents and other staff in the following ways:
; Written professional documentation to communicate valuable info to parents/ guardians as
well as undertaken and engaged in professional and informal discussions with parents
regarding their child to improve learning and well being.
; In my role as a media officer timely and accurate written communication is vital to ensure
adherence to government legislation and procedures.
; Throughout my university course I have written a variety of submissions across various
areas of the curriculum and have created and presented verbal presentations to academics
and other professional colleagues.
In the above I demonstrate my ability to effectively communicate to a wider audience using a variety of methods. I further demonstrate high level skills in developing strong, supportive and constructive relationships with colleagues, students, parents and the wider community.
5. Demonstrated commitment and capacity to actively
contribute to a broad range of school activities and a
capacity to reflect on, evaluate and improve professional
knowledge and practice.
Here are some extra criterion you might sometimes see for different positions…
6. The ability to integrate learning technologies, and the
capacity and motivation to develop personal knowledge of,
and skill in contemporary and future learning technologies. 7. A positive, proactive approach to student welfare, and the
ability to develop constructive relationships with students
which ensures the development of each child's self-esteem
and self-discipline within the context of the school's
student management and well-being policy.