DAY 3 Site Based Learning - Outline


Both days are fairly similar in structure, but also embrace each school's strengths and innovations. Outlines of the days are posted below but these may vary slightly depending on the school - don't forget to bring your lunch and snacks. The schools will provide tea and coffee.

Primary School
9:15 Arrive at the school

9:30 Meet with Teacher Refresher Learning Leader and Site-based Learning Leader
  • Professionalism and School Culture - What's important at this school and what is expected of all teachers, including what they look for when employing new teachers and how teachers are inducted and continue to learn at the school.
  • System documents - How VELS is reflected in curriculum documents and addressed practically at the school to advance student learning. The pedagogical approach promoted at the school (we will be looking at how this approach connects with PoLT and the e5 teacher capabilities), and the school's approach to assessment.

10:50 Preparing for classroom visits. These will be conducted in pairs. Briefing on observation and participation protocols.

11:10 Morning Tea

11:30 Classroom Observations in Pairs

12:30 Meet back in our room for debrief.

1:00 Lunch

1:45 Prepare questions for Panel.

2:00 Panel Discuss with a selection of Teachers from the school. Teachers will bring their documentation for you to look at and discuss.

2:40 Reflections and preparation for second site based visit. If returning to this school you will have the opportunity to suggest what level you would like to be shadowing in.


Secondary School

9:15 Arrive at the school

9:30 Meet with
Teacher Refresher Learning Leader and Site-based Learning Leader
  • Professionalism and School Culture - What's important at this school and what is expected of all teachers, including what they look for when employing new teachers and how teachers are inducted and continue to learn at the school.
  • System documents - How VELS is reflected in curriculum documents and addressed practically at the school to advance student learning. The pedagogical approach promoted at the school (we will be looking at how this approach connects with PoLT and the e5 teacher capabilities), and the school's approach to assessment.

10:30 Preparing for classroom visits. These will be conducted in pairs. Briefing on observation and participation protocols.

10:45 Morning Tea

11:10 Periods 4 and 5 Classroom Observations x 2

12:30 Meet back in our room for debrief. Generate any new questions and prepare for Panel after lunch.

1:10 Lunch Break

1:50 Period 7: Reconvene with Panel of teachers who will take questions and share their curriculum documentation and how they address VELS and PoLT and e5.

2:30 Period 8: Debrief and discussion.

3:00 Finish

Support Materials for Site Based Learning

We have developed a simple template to guide your professional inquiries. Your questions seem to fall into one of these categories. We suggest you print this template and enter your questions in the appropriate row. You will likely generate new questions during your visits. You will also find a classroom observation guide in this file:



DAY 4

Outline of the Day



Extra Handouts




Presentation - The PowerPoint slides used during the day as a PDF, 2 slides per page. (Quite large file allow time to download.)