Using a Cycle of Planning to Make what We do and How we Document it Matter

Using a Cycle of Planning to Make what We do and How we Document It Matter

Description

Using a planning cycle is a requirement of the NQS and provides educators with some structure on how to collect data, interpret this data, plan for learning and then document the results. However, the reality for many is that they are sinking in documentation, are confused about how many observations to take and can struggle to make real sense of their observations. Add to this that many of the documents we keep are not used to have an impact on planning our teaching, but rather to communicate with families, we can now appreciate why some educators are frustrated.

During this course, we will map clearly the ways in which the planning cycle can operate and answer some questions such as:

  • How many observations should we take?
  • What links do we need to make to the EYLF?
  • How can we use our observations in a way that make a difference?
  • What would be expected as part of Assessment and Rating?

You will walk away feeling refreshed as well as more knowledgeable about the planning cycle as we dissect, reconstruct and play with practical ideas throughout the day.

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain how the planning cycle works to colleagues
  • Identify the various components of the planning cycle
  • Articulate the different forms of documentation that connect to each part of the planning cycle
  • Decide what kind of planning cycle works best in your centre

The Australian Professional Teaching Standards

NSW: Completing this course – The Planning Cycle will contribute 6 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing: APTS 6.2.2 & 6.3.2from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

 Other States: Completing this course – The Planning Cycle (6 hours) may be used as Teacher Identified Professional Development/Learning addressing: APTS 6.2.2 & 6.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation.

  • APTS 6.2.2: Participate in learning to update knowledge and practice targeted to professional needs and school and/or system priorities
  • APTS 6.3.2: Contribute to collegial discussions and apply constructive feedback from colleagues to improve professional knowledge and practice

The National Quality Standard

This course aligns with:

  • QA 1: Educational program and practice