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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, 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 involve?

Teaching

You'll take seven weekly seminars from CTE staff, and eight weekly twilight workshops from expert teachers. 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 sessions.
  • Due to Covid all seminars and workshops will be held on-line
Placement

Normally you would also complete a short placement in a department of a local school. Due to Covid the decision has been taken to offer a school placement in certain circumstances or a virtual placement experience. Through the virtual placement experience you will have the opportunity to engage in such activities as 1-1 group tuition to students, produce on-line resources to support learning and facilitate on-line workshops with students.

  • We will arrange your virtual placement and organise and pay for your Disclosure and Barring Services (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.

  • The days of attendance for your placement will take place during Term 2 and will be 5-10 days (dependent on the Module CAT). 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'll put together a timetable for you, and support the activities.
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 (CAT TBC)

Sessions 
  • Seminars: Tuesdays 5.00-7.00pm
  • Workshops: Wednesdays 5.30-7.30pm
Assessment
  • Assignment 1: Portfolio of Tasks (2500 words split between three tasks) – 50% weighting
  • Assignment 2: Reflective Essay (1500 words) – 50% weighting

Chemistry (CAT TBC)

Sessions
  • Seminars: Tuesdays 5.00-7.00pm
  • Workshops: Wednesdays 5.30-7.30pm
Assessment
  • Assignment 1: Portfolio of Tasks (2500 words split between three tasks) – 50% weighting
  • Assignment 2: Reflective Essay (1500 words) – 50% weighting

Drama and Theatre Studies (CAT TBC) - NOT RUNNING FOR 20/21

Sessions 
  • Seminars: Wednesdays 9.00-11.00am
  • Workshops: Wednesdays 5.30-7.30pm
Assessment
  • Assignment 1: Portfolio of Tasks (2500 words split between three tasks) – 40% weighting
  • Assignment 2: Reflective Essay (1500 words) – 40% weighting
  • Assignment 3: Academic Poster – 20% weighting

Languages - French, Spanish, German (CAT TBC)

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: Portfolio of Tasks (2500 words split between three tasks) – 100% weighting

Mathematics (CAT TBC)

Sessions
  • Seminars: Thursdays 3.00-5.00pm
  • Workshops: Wednesdays 5.30-7.30pm
Assessment
  • 24 CAT
    • Assignment 1: Portfolio of Tasks (2500 words split between three tasks) – 50% weighting
    • Assignment 2: Reflective Essay (1500 words) – 50% weighting
  • 30 CAT
    • Assignment 1: Portfolio of Tasks (2500 words split between three tasks) – 40% weighting
    • Assignment 2: Reflective Essay (1500 words) – 40% weighting
    • Assignment 3: Academic Poster – 20% weighting

Physics (CAT TBC)

Sessions
  • Seminars: Fridays 9.00-11.00am
  • Workshops: Wednesdays 5.30-7.30pm
Assessment
  • Assignment 1: Portfolio of Tasks (2500 words split between three tasks) – 50% weighting
  • Assignment 2: Reflective Essay (1500 words) – 50% weighting

Primary Teaching (CAT TBC)

Sessions
  • Seminars: Thursdays 3.00-5.00pm
  • Workshops: Wednesdays 5.30-7.30pm
Assessment
  • 15 CAT
    • Assignment 1: Portfolio of Tasks (2500 words split between three tasks) – 100% weighting
  • 30 CAT
    • Assignment 1: Portfolio of Tasks (2500 words split between three tasks) – 40% weighting
    • Assignment 2: Reflective Essay (1500 words) – 40% weighting
    • Assignment 3: Academic Poster – 20% weighting