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Classroom teaching for student teachers

Purpose

Classroom teaching founded on practical exercises, discussion-based teaching, and case teaching is a cornerstone in much teaching at Aarhus BSS. In many cases graduate teaching assistants teach such courses. 

Classroom teaching makes it possible for students to work with theories, data, and methods of the subject. They can ask questions, practice the application of the theories and methodologies of the subject, and they can receive supervision and feedback from the teacher. Thus, graduate teaching assistants at Aarhus BSS have an important teaching function with a considerable learning potential. The aim of the course is to utilise and develop this potential.

The purpose of the course is to develop student teachers’ teaching skills in order for them to carry out effective classroom teaching - in other words, to teach in a way that most likely motivates the students to prepare for and to participate actively in lessons.

Learning outcome

At the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • plan a classroom lesson which motivates the students to prepare for their lessons and promotes their active participation in the lessons.
  • state a clear objective for each lesson
  • in a qualified way choose learning activities that support the objective of the lesson
  • use questioning techniques to explore the students' knowledge and skills, and on this basis offer feedback.

Content

 

During the course, we introduce:

  • knowledge about learning
  • the importance of matching expectations and student preparation
  • a number of different teaching-learning activities
  • questioning techniques

Fundamental concepts and work methods

 

Prior to the course, participants must read the book ‘Effektiv holdundervisning’ (or assigned readings in English) that adresses a number of relevant themes for the novice teacher. During the course, participants will have the opportunity to engage in discussions about expectations and worries with their colleagues across subject matter and discipline. Not only do the participants have the opportunity to read about the various learning activities as part of their preparation, but also to see the learning activities applied in practice on the course day. Participants will also get a chance to discuss questioning techniques and practice these in a number of specific exercises.

Preparation

Preparation will take 4-5 hours.

Participants must:

  • read the book ‘Effektiv holdundervisning’ (in Danish) or assigned readings (in English)
  • make themselves familiar with the Blackboard course site

Special information about this course

It is the faculty’s policy that all student teachers at Aarhus BSS must complete the course as a prerequisite for their employment.

General information

Target group: Student teachers at departments and centres at Aarhus BSS.

Scope: Approx. 7 hours (1 course day + preparation). The course day lasts from 09.00-12.30.

Venue: Campus Aarhus or Campus Herning.

Price: The course is free of charge for student teachers employed at Aarhus BSS.

Number of participants: There are 25 seats available, allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Course certificate: Course certificates are issued for active participation in the entire course.

Course language: The course is offered in Danish

CUL reserves the right to make changes in the course programme.

Dates and registration

The course is not offered in English.

English speaking student teachers who can not attend the course in Danish may contact the course secretary Birthe Tillgaard (bt@au.dk) to make an alternative arrangement.


The Departments may request the course in English if they have enough English speaking student teachers (min. 8).

Course responsible/ teachers

Course secretary