ITC2015A is a four course program of the REL Internal Teachers’ Institute. These courses are conducted completely internally by REL staff under the authority, direction and discretion of the REL Academic Head/EUROKIDS School Principal. REL ITC courses are divided up into three major groups; In-service, Professional Development, and Periodic. These courses (ITC2015A) fall within the In-service group. In-service is a teacher’s introduction and training on the different policies and practices of the particular institution.
ITC2015A is meant to serve two distinct purposes; to introduce new REL Faculty members to the policies and practices of REL and to train faculty members on a common approach to teaching and learning. The outcomes of this course are listed below.
After completing this course, you should be able to:
- Describe the foundations of teaching and learning
2. Demonstrate the planning and organizing skills needed for teaching
3. Define the learning theories and differentiate between them
4. Explain the human relations concepts and skills needed for effective teaching practice
5. Describe the assessments and control skills needed for effective teaching
Educators face the same issues and realities of other sectors in today’s world; they must adjust to the constant changes caused by the globalization and computerization many aspects of life. While educational theory has been in existence and practice for centuries, the practice has changed at a slower pace than that of the theoretical side. Proper initial training and constant professional development of school educators is a vital factor that will allow the field of education to keep pace with the ever-changing world.
These four courses are designed to build upon and enhanced the theoretical knowledge and practical experience of REL Faculty members. It is a compulsory training series that allows for all REL institutions to maintain a well trained and competent faculty.
In additional to the four individual courses in this in-service training, there are four common threads that will be re-visited constantly throughout the courses, and those are;
- Effective writing: There are numerous writing assignments throughout the semester. Those assignments are expected to reflect appropriate professional writing skills. That is, they will be evaluated on the basis of grammar, sentence structure, spelling, and overall sound writing principles. At least 10 percent of your grade on each writing assignment will be based on your proficiency in expressing yourself in writing.
2. Information literacy: You will be expected to demonstrate proficiency at research activity through the library and use of online sources.
3. Globalization: An important outcome of this course will be the realization that the teaching and learning principles apply to global situations.
4. Computerization: The computer has virtually altered the way organizational communication is conducted. This course will emphasize its increasing importance of the computer in teaching and learning.
Grading Information and Criteria:
1. Group and Class Participation: 20%
2. School Level Project: 20%
3. Core Class Planning: 20%
4. Co-Planning: 20%
5. Practical Assessment: 20%
E (eligible) = 80-100%
E-PIP (eligible to teach, enrolled into a teacher improvement program) = 70-79%
E-PROB (eligible to teach, extended probationary period) = 60-69%
NE (not eligible to teach)= below 60%
There will be one school level project to be completed during the course. Teachers will be graded on their individual contributions as well as the group as a whole. Every teacher is expected to meaningfully contribute to the group exercise.
The course will greatly benefit from everyone’s input and previous experiences. Almost everyone has either been in a teaching role or has had a teacher. Certainly everyone has been able to observe teachers and how they interact with their students. It will be very enriching to discover how various styles and methods affect each person and which are most effective.