T-Insight for Beginning Teachers (Secondary level)
Develop beginning teachers’ confidence and self-efficacy by immersing them in a range of education scenarios!
During this course teachers who are just beginning their teaching career will develop a range of attributes identified as important for teaching in secondary education, regardless of their subject specialism. Teachers will engage with real-life scenarios they are likely to encounter in schools, or may have already done so. They will receive real-time feedback and suggestions for better practice from more experienced teachers.
Consolidates knowledge and builds reflective practice
T-Insight for beginning teachers (secondary) consolidates teachers’ knowledge and builds reflective practice. Participants respond to a range of video- and text-based scenarios centred around secondary education, within a variety of subject contexts, all in a low-risk environment. Teachers can access each module and then try out some new strategies in their classrooms or perhaps discuss ideas with their colleagues before continuing with the course.
5 scenarios per module
Each module includes five scenarios where teachers view the scenario, then rate the appropriateness of three possible responses and write a brief rationale for each. Next, they find out how experienced teachers rated each response and most importantly why.
The feedback report at the end of each module will show teachers their overall alignment with experienced teachers and includes resources, readings and ideas for practice.
How can partners use this course?
This course has been designed to support the transition to teaching and is suitable for teacher education students in the final stages of their ITE program as well as beginning teachers in schools.
What modules are included?
Module One: Behaviour Management: learn to not take things personally, strategies to put students at ease, understanding bullying, knowing how and when to intervene with aggressive behaviour, safeguarding in schools, dealing with homophobic behaviour and language.
Module Two: Creativity and Innovation in Teaching: responding to students, understanding difference, pupil voice, feedback mechanisms in schools, using praise effectively, school rewards policy, teaching students with special educational needs, time management, teaching remotely.
Module Three: Assessment and Reporting: observations of teaching, what does good marking look like? approaching deadlines, feedback as an influencer of learning and achievement, using observations of learning, supporting students with their learning.
Module Four: Working with Parents and Colleagues: school policies for staff absences, agreed schemes of work, developing positive relationships with colleagues. working with parents’ to support learning, parents’ evenings.
Once participants complete the whole course, they will be able to download a comprehensive report as well as a certificate of completion.
What is included?
Access for one year, any time, anywhere
Four feedback reports
Data insights for host organisation
Access to a secure platform
Seminar guides for host organisations
What teaching attributes are developed?
Here is an example scenario:
Scenario: You have a good relationship with all of the pupils in your class, except for Janine. Janine often avoids eye contact, ignores you, and provides one-word answers. One morning, when observing a class of one of your colleagues, Mr Elliot, you notice that Janine does not display the same behaviour with Mr Elliot as she does with you.
Possible Response: Encourage Janine to contribute to class discussions by regularly asking her questions
Rating: Somewhat Appropriate
It is certainly worth trying to engage Janine by asking her questions and encouraging her to participate. You could then find the opportunity to praise her and build up her confidence in your lesson.
You would need to make sure, however, that Janine did not feel as though you were picking on her. This would only serve to make her feel even more uncomfortable around you.
Frequently Asked Questions
T-Insight courses can be used at many career stages to support the continuous professional development of teachers. Organisations can decide where and when each module would be of greatest value. We currently offer four distinct courses that are designed for use by:
- Pre-service teachers (Early Years & Primary level)
- Pre-service teachers (Secondary level)
- Beginning Teachers or Pre-service teachers in the final stages of their program (Early Years & Primary level)
- Beginning Teachers or Pre-service teachers in the final stages of their program (Secondary level)
T-Insight can help to prepare preservice teachers for entering the classroom and support early career teachers in consolidating their knowledge and building reflective practice. It is cost-effective and research-proven to increase teaching confidence and reflective practice. T-Insight can also identify participants who may need additional support. Modules can be completed at any time, anywhere in the world and have been tested with more than 10000 participants in the UK and Australia.
Modules focus on topics such as managing behaviour and working effectively with colleagues, which are highly relevant for all teachers. They also include the most relevant topics for a particular career stage such as time management and working with parents, for preservice teachers, and assessment & reporting and creativity & innovation in teaching, for beginning (or early career) teachers.
Modules develops non-academic competencies that are relevant for all teachers such as empathy & communication, resilience & adaptability and emotion management. The focus may vary across modules depending on the mix of scenarios presented.
All of the classroom scenarios included in our products are developed through close partnerships with experienced teachers and educators working in the profession. The scenarios depict classroom situations that teachers have experienced or observed during their careers. As the scenarios are based on real classroom events, participants have the opportunity to critically reflect on how they might respond to a range of challenging situations they may encounter in their own classrooms in a low-risk and supportive environment. Scenarios are designed to be realistic, depicting situations that may happen within a classroom and providing responses that a person may reasonably be expected to do.
Hosting seminars in conjunction with the T-Insight courses is completely optional and depends on your requirements and preferences. However, guided group discussions can be a great way to encourage your students and/or staff to discuss the classroom scenarios and related educational concepts and issues in more depth. We offer resources and seminar guides that you can use to facilitate seminars following each T-Insight session that are designed to a) stimulate discussion amongst participants, b) enable participants to share multiple perspectives of teaching & learning, and c) further build participants’ teaching confidence and classroom readiness.
No. T-Insight modules complement teaching placements, rather than replace them. When teaching placements do need to be delayed however, virtual, low-risk engagement with T-Insight modules help keep ITE students ‘on track’ so when they can begin their placements, they feel ready to do so.
As part of the license fee, regular completion updates are provided to host organisations.
T-Insight courses are available to educational organisations on an annual license basis. The total cost is calculated based on the number of users. Unlimited user licenses are available for larger organisations. Please get in touch with us to discuss your programme needs.