Three down, one to go. Term 4 brings with it a different set of challenges to previous terms for both teachers and students so not surprisingly, it pays to be prepared. Here are a few tips to help teachers get through this final term as smoothly as possible:
1. Be ready for Year 12 exams.
First up on the list is the big event of the term: end of year exams for Year 12 students. These exams represent the culmination of many years of hard work and are a stressful time for students. While the time to study and prepare is mostly over at this stage, teachers should still be available for both academic and moral support. It’s also a good idea to let students know when and where you’ll be available for them to contact you about exam queries.
2. Familiarise yourself with the curriculum changes.
2017 is a year of major change in several curriculum areas. The NSW Geography Syllabus is changing in a big way and there are also changes to certain VCE curriculum areas, notably VCE Physical Education, VCE Business Management and VCE Economics. Possibly the biggest one to be aware of is the changes to the entire Victorian Curriculum which we’ve covered both here and here. Knowing what changes are coming for your subject will help you prepare your lesson plans accordingly so make sure you brush up before the Christmas break.
3. Review new resources for 2017.
In the coming weeks, your faculty will likely decide on which resources to booklist for the coming year. Once the decision has been made, it’s a good idea to take a look through the materials: see what has changed and what will be similar to your current resource. How did they address the curriculum changes (if relevant)? You can find Jacaranda page proofs for inspection on our website – these are an excellent resource to help you make a decision as well as reading up on the new content.
4. Get training for digital resources.
For schools that are booklisting a new digital resource, it’s a good idea to get training on how to use the platform and navigate the content. Jacaranda offers in-school training sessions for anyone booklisting our titles, so please contact us if you think you need this service.
5. Start preparing materials for early start programs.
Many schools opt to transition students into their next year during the final weeks of Term 4. In this sense, Term 1 of 2017 actually begins at the end of this year. It’s therefore a good idea to get sample material or readings/assessment tasks ready for students to look at and begin studying over the upcoming holidays. Starting this early in Term 4 can be invaluable for students as it helps them ease into next year’s work and keeps them invested over the Christmas break.
6. Attend end-of-year conferences for professional development.
The last three months of the year are a great time for subject-specific conferences and professional development opportunities to help keep you up-to- date with changes and happenings in your subject area. For example, in the next few months, teachers can look forward to HTAV, STAVCON, COMVIEW, ACHPER and MAVCON. Jacaranda will be exhibiting at these conferences so if you’re attending, make sure you stop by our booth to say hello.
There we have it: six quick tips to help get you through the final term of 2016. Jacaranda would like to wish you all the best with Term 4 and hope that it’s a great end to the year. If you have any additional tips, feel free to share them in the comments below.