T-Insight for Pre-Service teachers (Secondary level)
Immerse pre-service teachers in real-life classroom situations to build classroom readiness and self-efficacy!
During this course pre-service teachers will develop a range of attributes identified as important for teaching in secondary education classrooms, regardless of their subject specialism. Pre-service teachers will engage with real-life scenarios they are likely to encounter in schools and will receive real-time feedback and suggestions for practice from experienced teachers.
What do pre-service teachers say about this course?
Boosts confidence and classroom readiness
This course for secondary preservice teachers is designed to boost confidence and help preservice teachers get ready to enter the classroom. Participants respond to a range of video- and text-based scenarios centred around secondary education, in a variety of subject contexts, all in a low-risk environment.
5 scenarios per module
Each module includes five scenarios where pre-service teachers view the scenario, 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.
4 feedback reports
The feedback report at the end of each module will show pre-teachers their overall alignment with experienced teachers and includes resources, readings and ideas for practice.
How can ITE providers use this course?
This course can be used by host institutions in many ways; as an introduction to the realities of a classroom, as a ‘hurdle’ requirement before their first professional experience placement in schools or for pre-service teachers needing additional support, either before or after teaching in schools.
What modules are included?
Module One: Managing Behaviour – consistent approaches, sanctions and rewards, de-escalating situations, documenting behaviour, grouping students – what do you need to consider?
Module Two: Managing Learning: extension/enrichment activities, teaching gifted and talented students, adapting teaching & learning by task and outcome, modelling effective learning strategies, engaging students in learning, thinking ‘on your feet.’
Module Three: Managing Self: managing workload, the pros and cons of taking on extra responsibilities, prioritizing tasks , recognizing the value of feedback for learning, understanding accountability measures.
Module Four: Managing Wider Professional Responsibilities: communicating with parents, work-life balance, supporting colleagues, filtering emails, protocols for parent meetings, planning whole school events.
- Access for one year, any time, anywhere
- Technical support
- Four feedback reports
- Data insights
- Access to a secure platform
- Seminar guides for host institutions
- And more!
What teaching attributes are developed?
Here is an example scenario with one possible response and expert feedback:
Scenario: You are teaching a lesson with a year 8 class in a subject you are very familiar with. One student, Nicholas, is asking questions lots of questions. Nicholas is very curious and you believe he is questioning you because he genuinely wants to learn. The rest of the class are becoming disengaged. What should you do?
Possible response: Acknowledge Nicholas’ enthusiasm but tell him you will discuss his questions with him after the lesson
Response rating: Appropriate
It is important to nurture Nicholas’s enthusiasm and helping to build a student’s interest for your subject area is one of the most rewarding aspects of the job.
Make time for Nicholas when it is not at the expense of other learners and provide him with some appropriate extension activities. You could set up an after school club in your subject area which would allow Nicholas to meet learners from other year groups who share similar interests.
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:
- Early Years & Primary Initial Teacher Education
- Secondary, Initial Teacher Education
- Early Years & Primary, Beginning or Early Career Teachers
- Secondary, Beginning or Early Career Teachers
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. Courses can be completed at any time, anywhere in the world and have been tested on over 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 modules 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 module 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 is intended to build confidence and complement teaching placements, not to replace them.
T-Insight courses are available on a per user license basis. Please get in touch with us to discuss your programme needs.