I was at one of our primary schools recently and met a student teacher from the Australian Catholic University.
Shay Currey was on her first round of prac teaching and happy to chat about her experiences. Shay’s main observation was that prac teaching at this school was very different from what she was learning at university.
I wondered whether student teachers who have not had the experience of working alone in classrooms are more willing to embrace new ways of teaching and in new settings ie. agile learning spaces? Shay found working this way very positive becuase it enabled her to discuss, plan and learn from her colleagues.
As this cohort of student teachers prepares to enter our schools, we may find they are more comfortable collaborating, sharing and looking for new ways to improve their practice.