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Introduction to Teaching module for undergraduates

Classroom

Are you interested in teaching?

This module takes place in term 2 and is specially designed to give you a great taster of life as a teacher

It's led by experienced staff in the Centre for Teacher Education (currently rated 'Outstanding' by OFSTED).

It's open to students studying Biology, Chemistry, Drama & Theatre Studies (22/23 only) , Languages, Mathematics, Physics, or Primary Teaching.

Our team

Holly Heshmati, Module Leader, h.heshmati@warwick.ac.uk

Emma Rawlings, Admin Coordinator - On-Course, E.Rawlings@warwick.ac.uk

Lydia Obirek, Admin Coordinator - Admissions, L.Obirek@warwick.ac.uk

Mark Christensen, Partnership Co-Ordinator, M.Christensen@warwick.ac.uk

What does this module (15 & 30 CAT) involve?

Teaching

You'll take seven weekly seminars from CTE staff, and seven weekly twilight workshops from expert teachers, starting in Term 2*. All your work will be supported by a bespoke Moodle course.

  • In seminars you'll explore themes like the National Curriculum, the pedagogy of teaching your subject, assessment for learning, and current issues in teaching and education.
  • In workshops you'll focus on providing strategies and techniques to support you with your practice in schools, and deal with areas such as dealing with behaviour in class and how to ask plan engaging session.
  • The seminars and workshops will be face to face.

*There is a Languages cohort in Term 1 and Term 2, the Languages department arrange these.

Placement

The 30 CAT Module requires teaching interaction with students. There are two possible options available, as follows:

  1. A short placement (7 days) at a local school. We will arrange the placement after Module registration and will contact you then with further details / questions. The days of attendance for your placement will happen during Term 2. There is flexibility on the days you attend and whether they would be half or full days. An experienced teacher will act as your mentor and they will put together a timetable for you, and support the activities. This is not guaranteed and depends if schools have availability.
  2. A virtual placement arranged by the Widening Participation Team. This could involve the the opportunity to engage in such activities as 1-1 group tuition to students, facilitating on-line workshops with students and producing on-line resources to support learning. Full details for this option have not been fully confirmed yet and are subject to change.
  • Any engagement with students means you will need a Disclosures and Barring Services (DBS) check. We will organise and pay for your DBS check. If you have lived in an overseas country in the last five years for a period of six months or more, you will also need to provide us with evidence of good conduct from those countries.

    You can see country-specific information on the DBS website about this and need to do this as soon as possible to avoid delays.

Assessment

You'll be assessed by coursework (see subject-specific guidelines below). You'll need to write in the academic style for the discipline of education. We appreciate that this is a second discipline for the majority of students, and we offer support within seminars for academic writing, along with additional resources on Moodle and in weekly office hours. You'll have the opportunity to submit for feedback and comment before final submission.

Please note - important information for DBS and overseas

Identification checklist here:

We will carry out an enhanced DBS check for all students who undertake a face to face placement. The check will be done upon registering for the Module. If you have anything to declare that may be brought up in an enhanced DBS check then please contact us on wins@warwick.ac.uk. All responses are considered Private and Confidential and will be treated as such. If you have lived in an overseas country in the last five years (for a period of six months or more) you will also need to provide us with evidence of good conduct from that country. The application process for obtaining the evidence of good conduct varies from country to country. You can find guidance on applying for overseas checks on gov.uk website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/criminal-records-checks-for- overseas-applicants.

Students say...

“It's been the best thing I have done at University which has contributed to my degree.”

“It helped me decide I definitely want to be a teacher, and has given me the experience I needed to secure a place on Teach First starting this summer.”

“It helped me develop my confidence and ability to talk to an audience.”

We welcome students from the following degree subject areas

Sessions and assessment vary per course. Classes will be held on-line (for now).

Biology (15 & 30 CAT)

Sessions 
  • Seminars: Tuesdays 5.00-7.00pm
  • Workshops: Wednesdays 5.30-7.30pm
Assessment

15 CAT

  • Assignment 1: Critical Review on an issue in Biology Education (1000 words) followed by a 500 word discussion on the implications for teaching Biology - 50% weighting
  • Assignment 2: A poster presentation of a learning resource, artefact or materials designed to support children's learning in Biology with a supporting rationale relating to the Biology curriculum, learning or pedagogic theory - 50% weighting.

More details can be found at: https://courses.warwick.ac.uk/modules/2021/EP310-15

30 CAT

  • Assignment 1: Critical Review on an issue in Biology Education (1000 words) followed by a 500 word discussion on the implications for teaching Biology - 35% weighting
  • Assignment 2: A recorded teaching presentation designed to support children's learning in Science (Biology) with a 500-word teacher note, discussing the rationale relating to the secondary subject curriculum, learning intentions or pedagogic theory - 35% weighting
  • Assignment 3: An academic poster to synthesise ideas from the module learning and demonstrate their application by exploring what the future of Biology education should look like - 30% weighting.

More details can be found at: https://courses.warwick.ac.uk/modules/2021/EP311-30

Chemistry (15 & 30 CAT)

Sessions
  • Seminars: Tuesdays 5.00-7.00pm
  • Workshops: Wednesdays 5.30-7.30pm
Assessment

    15 CAT

    • Assignment 1: Critical Review on an issue in Chemistry Education (1000 words) followed by a 500 word discussion on the implications for teaching Biology - 50% weighting
    • Assignment 2: A poster presentation of a learning resource, artefact or materials designed to support children's learning in Biology with a supporting rationale relating to the Biology curriculum, learning or pedagogic theory - 50% weighting.

    More details can be found at: https://courses.warwick.ac.uk/modules/2021/EP312-15

    30 CAT

    • Assignment 1: Critical Review on an issue in Biology Education (1000 words) followed by a 500 word discussion on the implications for teaching Biology - 35% weighting
    • Assignment 2: A recorded teaching presentation designed to support children's learning in Science (Biology) with a 500-word teacher note, discussing the rationale relating to the secondary subject curriculum, learning intentions or pedagogic theory - 35% weighting
    • Assignment 3: An academic poster to synthesise ideas from the module learning and demonstrate their application by exploring what the future of Biology education should look like - 30% weighting.

    More details can be found at: https://courses.warwick.ac.uk/modules/2021/EP307-30

    Drama and Theatre Studies (To be offered in 22/23 (registration October 2022)

    Languages - French, Spanish, German (15 CAT only)

    Other Languages may be accommodated, however, we cannot guarantee this.

    Sessions
    • Seminars: Tuesdays 5.00-7.00pm
    • Workshops: Wednesdays 5.30-7.30pm
    Assessment
    • Assignment 1: Critical Review on an issue in MFL Education (1000 words) followed by a 500 word discussion on the implications for teaching Biology - 50% weighting
    • Assignment 2: A poster presentation of a learning resource, artefact or materials designed to support children's learning in MFL with a supporting rationale relating to the MFL curriculum, learning or pedagogic theory - 50% weighting.

    More details can be found at: https://courses.warwick.ac.uk/modules/2021/EP308-15

    Mathematics (15 & 30 CAT)

    Sessions
    • Seminars: Thursdays 9.00-11:00am OR 3.00-5.00pm
    • Workshops: Wednesdays 5.30-7.30pm
    Assessment

    15 CAT

    • Assignment 1: Critical Review on an issue in Maths Education (1000 words) followed by a 500 word discussion on the implications for teaching Maths - 50% weighting
    • Assignment 2: A poster presentation of a learning resource, artefact or materials designed to support children's learning in Maths with a supporting rationale relating to the Maths curriculum, learning or pedagogic theory - 50% weighting.

    More details can be found at: https://courses.warwick.ac.uk/modules/2021/EP304-15

    30 CAT

    • Assignment 1: Critical Review on an issue in Maths Education (1000 words) followed by a 500 word discussion on the implications for teaching Maths - 35% weighting
    • Assignment 2: A recorded teaching presentation designed to support children's learning in Maths with a 500-word teacher note, discussing the rationale relating to the secondary subject curriculum, learning intentions or pedagogic theory - 35% weighting
    • Assignment 3: An academic poster to synthesise ideas from the module learning and demonstrate their application by exploring what the future of Maths education should look like - 30% weighting.

    More details can be found at: https://courses.warwick.ac.uk/modules/2021/EP304-30

    Physics (15 & 30 CAT)

    Sessions
    • Seminars: Fridays 9.00-11.00am
    • Workshops: Wednesdays 5.30-7.30pm
    Assessment

    15 CAT

    • Assignment 1: Critical Review on an issue in Physics Education (1000 words) followed by a 500 word discussion on the implications for teaching Physics - 50% weighting
    • Assignment 2: A poster presentation of a learning resource, artefact or materials designed to support children's learning in Physics with a supporting rationale relating to the Physics curriculum, learning or pedagogic theory - 50% weighting.

    More details can be found at: https://courses.warwick.ac.uk/modules/2021/EP305-15 

    30 CAT

    • Assignment 1: Critical Review on an issue in Biology Education (1000 words) followed by a 500 word discussion on the implications for teaching Biology - 35% weighting
    • Assignment 2: A recorded teaching presentation designed to support children's learning in Science (Biology) with a 500-word teacher note, discussing the rationale relating to the secondary subject curriculum, learning intentions or pedagogic theory - 35% weighting
    • Assignment 3: An academic poster to synthesise ideas from the module learning and demonstrate their application by exploring what the future of Biology education should look like - 30% weighting.

    More details can be found at: https://courses.warwick.ac.uk/modules/2021/EP305-30

    Primary Teaching (15 & 30 CAT)

    Sessions
    • Seminars: Thursdays 3.00-5.00pm
    • Workshops: Wednesdays 5.30-7.30pm
    Assessment

    15 CAT

    • Assignment 1: Critical Review on an issue in Primary education (1000 words) followed by a 500 word discussion on the implications for teaching Primary - 50% weighting
    • Assignment 2: A poster presentation of a learning resource, artefact or materials designed to support children's learning in Primary with a supporting rationale relating to the Primary curriculum, learning or pedagogic theory - 50% weighting.

    More details can be found at: https://courses.warwick.ac.uk/modules/2021/EP306-15 

    30 CAT

    • Assignment 1: Critical Review on an issue in Primary Education (1000 words) followed by a 500 word discussion on the implications for teaching Primary - 35% weighting
    • Assignment 2: A recorded teaching presentation designed to support children's learning in Primary with a 500-word teacher note, discussing the rationale relating to the primary subject curriculum, learning intentions or pedagogic theory - 35% weighting
    • Assignment 3: An academic poster to synthesise ideas from the module learning and demonstrate their application by exploring what the future of Primary education should look like - 30% weighting.

    More details can be found at: https://courses.warwick.ac.uk/modules/2021/EP309-30