Written in partnership with James Robinson
Proficient teacher accreditation is a process all teachers need to go through to teach and remain teaching in Australia. It is easy to question why we have another hoop to jump through. But teacher accreditation is another way to govern and maintain high teaching and learning standards, and no teacher could argue with that.
Every teacher in Australia needs to be accredited and maintain that accreditation throughout their teaching career.
Each state has slightly different requirements, one of which is an Evidence Portfolio. This portfolio is a way to prove that you are meeting the teaching standards expected of you as a professional.
So, what can you include in your Evidence portfolio? We have compiled a list of easy to find examples to help you (we have organised them in standards to make it super easy for you):
1.1 Know the students and how they learn
•IAPs / IEPs
1.2 Know the content and how to teach it
•Programs & Google slides
•Evaluations of programs
•Student grouping and differentiation
1.3 Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
•Examples of program styles
•Teacher Diary/day plans
•Hands on learning
•Social play rotations
•Gifted Education Philosophies (eg: Williams, KAPLAN, Blooms, SOLO, De Bono)
•Early Years Learning Framework
•Authentic Learning & Authentic Assessment
•Learning intentions, success criteria
•Scope and Sequence
•Integration with other KLAs
1.4 Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
•Voice level display
•Call and response wall posters
•Photos of sit spots/carpet dots
•Grouping with differentiation and adjustments
•Positive behaviour plans
•Student survey for how they learn
•Responsible use of technology posters/rules
•Class charter and student signatures
•Communication logs/student diaries with messages for parents
•Any visuals in the class that support learning Fire evacuation plans.
•Student table/seating plans
•Displays in the school, book week celebrations, notice boards.
1.5 Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning.
•Written feedback to students
•Student goal tracking
•Cover sheets for assessments
•Assessment mates/data trackers
•Student report /report comments
1.6 Engage in Professional Learning
•Tickets for conferences attended
•Sign on sheets from Professional Learning
•Online webinars (Google and Apple Certificates)
•Professional Reading logbook
1.7 Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community.
•Anecdotal notes from Parent-teacher meetings.
•Phone interview notes with parents
•Interview timetables and record sheets
•Collaborative documents with comments
•Group email responses
•Notice board signs
•Parent information sessions
•Student reporting documents
Being a teacher is a wonderful vocation. This is just another step in becoming an effective educator.
Need more help and less stress with putting together your teacher accreditation? Check out our Accreditation Guide. It includes the steps you need to take, advice, and examples of what to include in your evidence portfolio. Check it out here.
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One more thing before you go...
Do you wonder how that other teacher looks like they have it all together? Seriously, they are able to do everything expected of them and don’t ever seem frazzled OR stressed!
We have designed a mentorship to not only help you with the nitty-gritty of everyday teacher life but also provide you with a supportive community of other teachers who are in exactly the same position as you. A place where questions, big or small, are celebrated.