Resources: Protocols and Rubrics
Examples of communication protocols include:
- An orientation to placement set of guidelines, including selected policies, resources, routines relevant to the school context. Additionally expectations for the placement need to be discussed and shared understandings developed.
- A contract document that specifically outlines areas of concern, support strategies, expectations and timelines (Attach USyd at risk docs). Such a document needs to be formally shared by the PST, the supervising teacher and the university.
- An explicit program for the placement giving details of expectations for each stage/week of the placement. This would include designated meetings, tasks to be completed, key questions to be addressed, documents to have been completed for discussion.
- PST Personal Profile – documenting the PST’s prior experiences, goals, specific interests, support requested, then discussed with supervisors and mentors prior to the placement commencing.
- Focussed observation formats – outline focal points for observation and analysis for example when observing teaching – can be structured against the National Teaching Standards. These formats can vary depending on the stage of the placement, particular context, PST’s learning needs.
- A set of key questions to guide discussion and reflection associated with each placement step and possible meeting. This could be linked to a series of required documentation steps including reflective writing by the preservice teacher.
- Interim Report formats – commonly aligned with the structure of the summative report but designed to give formative feedback at for example the mid point ogf the placement.
- Evidence Guides – clear articulations of relevant evidence for each Standard and Focus Area that can be discussed, structured into assessment rubrics, and referred to in summative assessment phases.