Teachers get a helping hand to prepare lessons
“It is important to try to reduce the administrative burden and lesson planning time. There is also evidence that student needs have become more complex,” Hunter said.
Teachers often tap into their own resources, share them with colleagues, use Google, Pinterest and online marketplaces to purchase teaching materials, which can lead to huge variations between what is taught in schools.
“Provided the resources are easy for teachers to use and can be adapted in the classroom, that’s a big step forward,” Hunter said.
“The government should not underestimate the amount of support needed to deploy this. Even high-quality resources can be difficult for teachers to use unless they have professional training and learn how to use it effectively.
The pressure on teachers has increased over the past decade, she said, as more data was collected to track student progress and there was an increasing emphasis on learning. student assessment.
While some teachers have argued that standard teaching resources infringe on professional freedom, experts say this view is generally shared by a minority.
Mitchell said the resources were “not intended to take creativity out of teaching, that’s what our teachers do best.”
“It’s about providing teachers with a basic recipe for student success, while allowing them to contextualize how they use the ingredients to achieve the best results for their students.”
A NSW Department of Education review of teachers’ workload of over 4,000 submissions revealed overwhelming support resources for the curriculum.
Hunter said there was “great room for improvement in terms of supporting teachers to implement the program in the classroom. In the US, UK and Singapore, additional support is provided. »
In 2014, a UK government task force found that teachers frequently prepared lessons from scratch and searched the internet for lesson plans. A pilot program was then set up in which schools share high-quality educational resources with other members of their networks.
“Teachers need to focus on the learning needs of the students. The rise of the Internet has allowed for much greater sharing of resources, many of which vary widely in quality. Years ago there were more textbooks in the classroom and many commercial resources are of mixed quality,” Hunter said.
Plans for new NSW curricula for Years 3-10 in English and Maths were released earlier this year, with the English curriculum putting more emphasis on literacy skills amid concerns, while NSW primary schools will step up their focus on literacy and numeracy, with the introduction of a new curriculum making the use of phonics compulsory.