The first of the practical assignments is a biggie. It’s scope is quite large but really it is just your plan for what you want to be doing so you should have plenty of ideas. And you can actually use it when you finish the course!
Produce a learning programme / scheme of work in your subject area, for a minimum of six sessions (the length of each session is to be agreed between yourself and your tutor).
As the assignment suggests you should definitely talk all of this through with your tutor. You should also try and get hold of as many different schemes of work as you can find and have a good look at them all to see their similarities but also the differences between them.
Learning programme / scheme of work
It goes by many names. But they are basically the same thing. You should have the learning programme or scheme of work for your Ptlls course or at least for one of your sessions. You should also be provided with a template for how yours should look.
Typically they look like a grid with the rows for each session and the columns including stuff like
- The session week or date
- Learning outcomes / aims / objectives
- The topic or content of the session
- Learner activities, what the students will be doing
- Tutor activities, what the tutor will be doing
- Assessment methods for the session
- Resources needed
Having all this laid out in front of you in a nice clear way is obviously very helpful when it comes to delivering your sessions in a day to day way. You know what you are doing and you know what resources you need to organise all laid out ahead of you rather than lurching from week to week.
Planning out your programme in advance is likely to be required by any organisation you would like to teach at. They need to check you will be meeting any requirements for the course and that you know where you are going with the course. So, on to actually putting it together…
Producing a learning programme
Even though it is not normally deadlined until later in the course I would start thinking about your learning programme sooner rather than later. That way it can flow in a more organic way and you can take your time, rather than scramble at the last minute. Just keep a page in your Ptlls folder or notebook to jot down interesting ideas and as the course goes on you can start to map them out and fiddle around with them as they start to form up. But because you are still learning and will want to keep incorporating new insights from the course in to your programme don’t set them in stone too soon.
The first thing to think about is what the learners need to know. Are there set objectives for your subject? What are the learning outcomes? Think about it from the learner’s point of view, not from yours and what you would like to teach. What do they need to know?
Then you can think about how this is going to be achieved. What activities can the learners do to get them to their outcomes? What do you need to do to get them there? How will you know they have achieved the objectives? Using and applying everything you have learnt in the course you can build on these foundations and incorporate different assessment methods, look at inclusion, plan for different learning styles – all the stuff you have been theorising about in your essays. Here you can put it in to practice.
One note about the scheme of work that I found: The template for this should be included with your course material, often at the back of your handbook. You should check with your tutor but this is probably not sacred in its design. You may well be able to tweak it and change it.
Okay! Hope that helped. Drop a comment if you have anything to add. All the other Ptlls assignments are also covered, so check them out if you need.