‘Early Career Teachers: Preparing for the Profession’ tells the story of a group of early career teachers working in the Barossa Valley during their first year out of university.
At Nuriootpa High School, Simon Baker is mentored by colleague Giles Bartram and Tracy Warner from Kapunda High School. Simon is involved in a classroom observation where his mentor skilfully coaxes Simon’s reflection on his practice to build on his professional identity.
Mentor Kylie Bussenschutt at Tanunda Primary School leads a reflective discussion with a group of early career teachers from her site as part of the school’s ongoing induction process to support new teachers as they start out in the profession.
Important messages from the webisode include:
Mentoring builds capacity and opens doors
Networking and Professional Learning Communities require each teacher to take personal responsibility and contribute
Unique support is provided for Early Career Teachers by the Department and sites.