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Top Teaching Strategies for Professional Development

Navigating the diverse challenges of Casual Relief Teaching (CRT) demands continuous professional development, particularly for new teachers to the field or returning after a hiatus. The dynamic nature of CRT requires adaptability and proficiency, making ongoing professional growth imperative to becoming a sought-after teacher.


In the competitive landscape of teacher recruitment, agencies such as ours at 'SOS Teacher Agency,' look to fill positions with teachers that leave a lasting positive impression with schools and students alike. By actively engaging in professional development, educators position themselves to select contracts aligned with their preferences and aspirations.


Professional growth is not only beneficial but fast becoming essential for thriving as a teacher in ‘Victoria, The Premier Education State’. We recommend utilising a few days during each term to update skills vital for your success as a Casual Relief Teacher and teacher aide.

Here are Seven Recommended Professional development avenues to Elevate your skills as an educator.


The Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) offers an Online Professional Learning Hub https://www.vit.vic.edu.au/maintain/requirements/learning

where educators can access a wealth of resources, including webinars and courses. Accredited providers also offer tailored programs covering diverse topics, ensuring educators stay updated on curriculum changes and teaching best practices.


The Department of Education and Training (DET) hosts workshops and events

addressing curriculum updates, teaching methodologies, and leadership development. Participation in these sessions enhances educators' pedagogical knowledge and skills.


The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) offers professional learning programs supporting curriculum implementation. https://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/VCAAProfessionalLearning/ProfessionalLearningPrograms/Pages/default.aspx These programs provide insights into current curriculum design and assessment practices essential for effective teaching.


Joining professional associations like the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) https://www.acel.org.au/ and the Australian College of Educators (ACE) https://www.austcolled.com.au/ who provide opportunities for conferences and networking events. This facilitates knowledge exchange and professional growth for teachers.


5. Online Learning Platforms: Online platforms like Edufolios https://edufolios.org/podcast/ and Eduwebinar https://www.educatorimpact.com/webinars offer webinars and resources covering various educational topics. These platforms address educational technology, student well-being, and other pertinent areas.


6. Specialise in High-Demand Areas:

Invest in professional development focusing on high-demand areas like STEM subjects which enhances your expertise. This meets the growing demand for skilled educators in these fields and ensures educators remain competitive in the job market.


Attending conferences and workshops. Look for associations or networking groups related to specific subjects or disciplines. For example, the mathematical association of Victoria (MAV) https://www.mav.vic.edu.au/ or the English Teachers Association of Victoria (ETAV) https://www.vate.org.au/ who often hold professional development events tailored to their respective subjects.


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As recruiters in the education sector we see teachers that utilise these strategies and resources effectively, significantly improve their teaching methods, thus ensuring they remain current with the latest trends in education. They meet their professional development requirements, and demonstrate their commitment to continuous learning. As a result, educators can establish themselves as highly valued professionals within the Victorian education sector, and become regularly sought after for their expertise and dedication.


Our recruitment staff at ‘SOS Teacher Agency’ would love to be keep you up to date with any of our professional development days and networking opportunities that we have coming up in 2024 and beyond.


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