Reflections on my professional learning journey – Sophie Skeers

The ACHPER NSW Professional Learning Scholarship for 2019 provided the students at Tumbarumba High School with the opportunity to offer Community and Family Studies (CAFS) as a Stage 6 subject this year. This is the first time Tumbarumba High School has had the opportunity to offer CAFS. This would not have been possible without the ACHPER scholarship which allowed me to be upskilled in attending the ‘Teaching Stage 6 CAFS for the first time’ workshop. Attending professional learning has proved to have its challenges, due to being in a rural area. ACHPER provided the subsidy of travel and accommodation which has had a positive impact on increasing my content knowledge and increased the variety of teaching strategies, therefore having a positive impact on students at Tumbarumba High School.

The Effective Assessment Practices in K-10 PDHPE workshop allowed me to further develop my understanding of the K-10 PDHPE syllabus and especially improve the assessment practices at our school. This has placed more value on developing skills such as critical thinking for students in PDHPE. At school we have been focusing on preparing students for Stage 6 PDHPE. This development of new assessment activities has reduced the gap between Stage 5 and Stage 6 PDHPE with the intention to develop all learning outcomes.

Reflections on my professional learning journey – Rosemary Taekel

During 2018 I was fortunate enough to attend both the ACHPER NSW Aspiring Leaders Workshop and the Curriculum Leadership in PDHPE Workshop, as the recipient of the 2017 recipient of the ACHPER NSW Professional Learning Scholarship. Throughout the two days, I was able to network with leaders in education, particularly from the CAFS KLA. Individuals that had been through the process of leadership recruitment, be that on the head teacher or welfare journey. They provided invaluable insights into how to project yourself into those roles, to take chances and risks in order to achieve your goals whatever they be in Leadership.

I was afraid that I wouldn’t be ready for a course like this, being so early in my career, but there was so much that could be taken away from this course no matter where you were on your leadership journey. The Curriculum Leadership in PDHPE was such a well-rounded course that had elements that teachers were able to apply to their KLA. It didn’t matter if you weren’t based in PDHPE, the application of assessments for learning and curriculum development were applicable to all teachers and were a real benefit to the students in your classroom.

I am so grateful to ACHPER NSW for the opportunities that they have provided to me this year as the recipient of the scholarship, as there have been so many chances for me to network and broadened my skills and knowledge. This has …. that in turn is projected into my classroom and demonstrate in the teaching and learning strategies that I am able to use to extend my students learning. If it wasn’t for this scholarship, this wouldn’t have been possible.

 

Staff meeting process for gathering feedback on the draft PDHPE syllabus

Last month saw the release of the draft K-10 PDHPE syllabus for consultation. The release provides an exciting opportunity for teachers to have input into the future directions of the PDHPE learning area.

ACHPER NSW and the PDHPE Teachers’ Association will be submitting formal feedback based on input from their members.

In order to support teachers to explore the draft K-10 PDHPE syllabus and provide us with your feedback on the draft syllabus, we have put together a step-by-step process with guided discussion questions. The process has been designed to be run in a staff meeting or faculty meeting and could be used on the upcoming staff development day.

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