TEPRO110-23X (HAM)

Professional Experience 1 (Primary)

15 Points

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Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education


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What this paper is about

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Tēnā koutou and welcome to TEPRO110,

Welcome to your first Professional Experience paper. This paper will give you the opportunity to explore and develop your assumptions and understanding of teaching and learning in a school context. Being in a classroom on an ongoing basis will support the connections you are making between theory and practice

This paper supports you in linking the TEACH and TEEDU papers to the practical aspects of teaching in a primary school setting. You will explore current research, reflect on your own experiences, and review and discuss practical scenarios equipping you for your time in class. This paper gives you the opportunity to demonstrate that you have the capabilities and disposition to support tamariki and rangatahi in a classroom environment. In addition, the professional requirements below must be met

Professional requirements

On graduation from an Initial Teacher Education Programme the provider must attest to The Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand | Matatū Aotearoa that you are a person:

  • of good character

  • are fit to be a teacher

  • have met the Standards for the teaching profession.

A student who has not met these criteria based on evidence collected as they engage in paper across the ITE programme cannot graduate.Indicators that you are of good character and fit to teach includes: regular and punctual attendance and positive contribution in class; the ability to relate to peers, children, teachers, and university staff appropriately; and the ability to plan for a safe high-quality teaching and learning environment. At the completion of each paper the lecturer is asked to attest to the Programme Leader that you have displayed the attributes required of an effective teacher.

These expectations reflect the Teachers Council document entitled Our Code Our Standards: Code of Professional Responsibility and Standards for the Teaching Profession Our Code, Our Standards.

If you have any questions/pātai, please do not hesitate to ask.

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How this paper will be taught

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The paper will be taught through fortnightly tutorials , as well as the Professional Experience setting. Students will be in schools for professional experiences on the following dates:

* Weekly except for the university recesses and school holidays. Students are to refer to the 'TEPRO and other paper CUSP requirements' document for an overview of weekly tasks and observations. Some Hamilton schools may ask students to start at different dates.

* A one week block professional experience: 5th - 9th June 2023

* A four week block professional experience: 16th October - 10th November 2023

Moodle will be used for announcements.

The tutorials will be opportunities to collaborate with colleagues. The tutorials will support your development towards the Professional Standards and the Culminating Integrative Assessment (CIA) signposts. The tutorials are based on feedback from last year, and are blocked into themes designed to give you support in developing strategies for building a positive learning environment throughout the year.

In addition, an e-portfolio will document your emerging practice over the year.

Tutorial groups are:

Group A Bankwood/ Frankton (Kate Kernaghan)

Group B Tamahere/ Newstead (Hazel Woodhouse)

Group C Frankton/ Woodstock (Phillipa Cosgriff)

Group D Hillcrest (Nikki Woodland Douglas)

Group E Berkley (Joan-Marie Kay)

Please note that the workshop will happen once only on Thursday March 2.

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Required Readings

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Please see the reading list
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You will need to have

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There are no required readings but it is highly recommended that you take the time to read relevant sections of the following book.
Suggestions will be given during tutorials.

Hill & Thrupp. (2019). The professional practice of teaching in New Zealand. Cengage.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Discuss identification of an educational dilemma as it relates to their particular learning context.
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  • Demonstrate engagement with and application of Te Reo Maori, matauranga Maori, and nga tikanga a iwi.
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  • Engage in ethical professional and collaborative relationships with colleagues, schools, and their communities.
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  • Demonstrate an emerging pedagogical practice that contributes to student learning and is informed by theory and practice.
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  • Reflect on the effectiveness of practice in an ongoing way using evidence from a range of sources and guidance from Mentor/Associate Teachers.
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  • Demonstrate developing knowledge of the key documents that inform and influence teaching, such as the New Zealand Curriculum and/or Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.
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  • Demonstrate the personal and professional qualities required to meet the Standards for the Teaching Profession in a supported environment and take responsibility for the integrity of the profession.
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  • Demonstrate progress towards meeting the requirements of the New Zealand Teaching Council's Ngā Tikanga Matatika Ngā Paerewa: Our Code Our Standards, Tātaiako and Tapasā (with support).
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  • Develop knowledge of cultural pedagogical approaches underpinned by the Tātaiako concepts of ako, wānanga, manaakitanga, tangata whenuatanga, whanaungatanga, in order to make connections between theory and practice (with support).
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How you will be assessed

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The purpose of all requirements is to evidence your progress towards meeting the learning outcomes of this paper and the professional standards outlined in Our Code, Our Standards.

In order to meet the requirements of TEPRO110, you are required to meet the following:


* The Professional Experience

Satisfactory engagement and participation in weekly placement and completion of block professional experience weeks are necessary to meet Teaching Council requirements for this paper.

Mid-Year check point includes: an eportfolio with up-to-date reflections; tangible evidence for each standard and Key Teaching Tasks (KTTs); completion of one-week block practicum and a successful mid-year progress report from your mentor teacher.

End-year assessment includes:

* Completed eportfolio with a collection of tangible evidence that demonstrates your progress and achievement towards KTTs.

For the purposes of this paper, evidence can include but is not exclusive to videos, lesson plans, mentor teacher feedback and/ or observation notes, learner's work, learner's feedback, annotated photos, evaluative lecturer field notes and/ or report, reflections, modelling books, formative assessment notes and/ or assignments.

Tutorial lecturers will need to view a completed portfolio by the end of your four-week practicum. Lecturers are responsible for making the decision as to whether your portfolio has all the necessary elements and is of a satisfactory standard.

* Professional Experience documentation that demonstrates a satisfactory level of teaching practice based on Our Code, Our Standards and the Key Teaching Tasks. This documentation includes both Mentor teacher and Evaluative lecturer reports which demonstrate your satisfactory level of teaching practice.

To successfully pass the paper you must have met the requirements for the portfolio and have a passing report from both your mentor teacher and your evaluative lecturer. Your tutorial lecturer in conjunction with the Professional Experience Office, has overall responsibility for making the decision as to whether you have met the requirements for the paper.

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Professional Experience reports
12 Nov 2023
No set time
  • Other: MyWil
2. E-Portfolio requirements
12 Nov 2023
No set time
  • Online: EPortfolio System
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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