TEPP221-20T3 (D) Term Three 2020 (Distance)

Professional Practice: Organising for Learning

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 24 August 2020
End Date: Sunday, 27 September 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): the Friday prior to the placement commencing
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): available only through a special consideration application for late discontinuation.


This course is designed to deliver through practical application and first-hand experience in classrooms, the necessary curriculum and pedagogical content required of primary teachers. These experiences enable the student, his/her lecturers and associate teacher to systematically evaluate his/her developing knowledge and skill, identify emergent needs, and to record the student's progress in achieving course learning outcomes.

Learning Outcomes

  • On the successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • Use a systematic and reflective teaching as inquiry approach to identify student learning needs, identify student teacher knowledge and skills required to meet these needs, design new learning experiences, engage students in new learning experiences and assess and evaluate the resulting learning outcomes of their students in at least four areas of learning
  • Use a systematic and reflective teaching as inquiry approach in the curriculum areas of English and Mathematics.
  • Develop constructive and effective, contextually appropriate, professional relationships with colleagues, parents and students.
  • Assume the role of teacher in the classroom/learning space for at least six days.
  • Use critical reflection skills to assess current and future professional needs and development, including effective Te Reo me ōna tikanga.





Timetable Note

Course Coordinator

Patrick Shepherd

Contact Person

Lynda Boyd


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Professional Practice Documentation and He Poutama 100%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Hill, Mary , Thrupp, Martin; The professional practice of teaching in New Zealand ; 6th edition; Cengage Learning, 2019.

Ministry of Education, (2011). Tātaiako: Cultural competencies for teachers of Māori learners. Wellington: Ministry of Education.

Ministry of Education, (2007). The New Zealand Curriculum, Wellington: Learning Media.

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

All forms of cheating and dishonest practice are taken seriously and penalties will result. Students should refer to Regulation J of the General Course and Examination Regulations. Work submitted may be analysed by the software Turnitin, to check for plagiarism. Where there is evidence that cheating or plagiarism has occurred students will be awarded an X grade and the matter will be referred to the year level coordinator, and/or the Head of the School of Teacher Education.


Students will be expected to conduct at least one pre-placement visit at their allocated school. Full attendance in school for the duration of the practicum, from at least 8.00am - 4.30pm each day, is a requirement.

A student seeking credit in any course must attend such lectures, and perform satisfactorily such oral, practical, written and other work as the Head of Department/School concerned may require. (University of Canterbury Calendar 2014, p.43)
Students are expected to attend all scheduled course sessions, actively engage with course content and actively participate in course activities in order to meet the learning outcomes of the course. Students are expected to notify lecturers prior to their absence with an explanation. Extended absences must be accompanied by a medical certificate or similar (as for aegrotat provisions).


Formal and informal evaluation will take place in accordance with the relevant Course Evaluation Policy, to provide feedback to staff about the relevance and validity of what has been learned as well as the quality of course delivery.

Grade moderation

The courses will be internally moderated in accordance with the processes adopted by the College of Education, Health and Human Development.  An examiners’ meeting will be held at the end of the course to determine the final grades and to ensure fairness and consistency.

Late submission of work

All assignments must be submitted on or before the due date. If an assignment is late (without a prior arranged extension) then it will normally not be marked. However, if the course lecturer is notified within 24 hours of the due date and there is a genuine issue, for which evidence must be given, it may be considered but the assignment grade is usually restricted to a minimum passing grade (50%) for that assessment. If the assessment is late it is automatically excluded from a resubmission opportunity unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Other specific requirements

Tertiary literacy standard

Assignments that do not meet a tertiary literacy standard will be marked but that mark will be sanctioned. The student will be given one opportunity to correct the assignment so that it demonstrates tertiary technical writing skills. These skills include the correct use of spelling (including the appropriate use of macrons when spelling Māori words), sentence structure, punctuation, paragraphing and the appropriate use of APA referencing. The corrected work must be resubmitted within seven calendar days.

Once the work is at an appropriate tertiary literacy standard the sanction on the mark will be removed.

Assignment Grading

Assignments are graded according to the UC assessment policy and common grading scale. Aegrotats are not available for this course and the assignments must be completed.

Assessment procedures will follow the policies of the UC College of Education, Health and Human Development Assessment Guidelines. The final grade will be calculated and reported using the UC Pass / Fail.

Students are required to maintain a collection (e-repository) of digital artefacts relating to their practice and learning. An e-repository is a simple collection of items that have been created and collected by students before, during and after their placement. The e-repository is to be made available to their Associate Teacher, Principal and PPL at all times.  The collection of artefacts will be stored digitally in UC cloud storage (e.g. locally hosted OneDrive). Guidelines for setting up and managing a TEPP221 e-repository will be provided prior to placement. Students will use the artefacts within the e-repository to evidence meeting the criteria of He Poutama: Ngā Pae Akoranga for TEPP221.

Practice Report

The practice report document will record and evaluate student progress over the duration of the 5 week practice. When completing the report it is essential that they provide evidence of meeting the criteria within each of the four key values of He Poutama: Ngā Pae Akoranga to at least the kia mōhio level. Evidence of meeting these criteria will be your responsibility and will be documented through the use of the e-repository. Students are required;
• to meet all the criteria within both the kia mārama and kia mōhio levels by the end of the placement.
• to show that they have suitable, varied and multiple pieces of evidence within your e-repository for each criteria for each of the four key values within He Poutama: Ngā Pae Akoranga

Providing evidence
Items of practice documentation that must be used as evidence will include;
• planning for learning – learning plans, assessment tasks
• learning plan reflections and evaluations
• written lesson observations and ongoing feedback from the Associate Teacher and UC Mentor
• ākonga work (samples or marked work)

Students will be required to complete the self-reflection on learning #1 section of the final report prior to the mid-practice review with their Associate Teacher. During the mid-practice review meeting they will be expected to share the evidence that they have collected so far and discuss how this evidence demonstrates their progress towards meeting He Poutama: Ngā Pae Akoranga for TEPP221 at the kia mārama or kia mōhio level.  Students will complete the self-reflection on learning #2 section of the final report at the end of your placement and again discuss how their evidence demonstrates that they have met He Poutama: Ngā Pae Akoranga - this time at the kia mōhio level.

Confirmation of evidence and final grade recommendation is provided by the PPL at their end of review meeting with the student.

Special consideration of assessment items

Students may apply for special consideration if their performance in an assessment is affected by extenuating circumstances beyond their control, where:
(a)  they have suffered an acute illness, injury, or other reasonably unforeseeable circumstances:
i.    which has prevented them from completing any major item(s) of work for assessment in a course; or
ii.   which has impaired their performance (including by interruption of pre-assessment revision) to the extent that the result(s) are likely to underestimate their true and evidenced level of mastery of the material in the course;
i.    they have been selected to perform, compete, adjudicate, or officiate as a national sporting representative at national or international competitions; or
ii.   they are members of a national cultural group on tour nationally or internationally.
Please note that applications must be supported by evidence.  Further details are available at the above link.

Applications for special consideration should be submitted via the Examinations Office website http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/exams/ within five days of the assessment.

Where an extension may be granted for an assessment, this will be decided by direct application to the Course Co-ordinator and an application to the Examinations Office may not be required.

Special consideration is not available for items worth less than 10% of the course and may not be available for some other items of assessment as specified in Course Outlines.  (Refer to specific Course Outlines for this information.)

Students prevented by extenuating circumstances from completing the course after the final date for withdrawing, may apply for special consideration for late discontinuation of the course. Applications must be submitted to the Examinations Office within five days of the end of the main examination period for the semester.

NB: This information replaces any previous references to special consideration, Aegrotat or Backdated (Late) Withdrawal in the Course Information System, Learn or Course Outlines. If you are unclear about the implications or process please discuss with your Course Coordinator or contact the Student and Programme Office for assistance.

Course website

As well as attending classes, it is essential that all students regularly access the course Learn site. All course information such as the course kaupapa, notices, assessment information, required and recommended readings, audio recordings of some lectures, and other teaching resources etc. will be available on this site.

Where to submit and collect work

All students are required to submit their completed Practice Report via dropbox on the TEPP221 Learn site.

Normally, assignments will be submitted and returned via the Learn site. It is the responsibility of the students to check their emails at least twice a week and ensure Internet access and ability to submit their work via the online system is functioning. Any technical difficulties should be notified well in advance of the due date so that assistance can be provided or alternative arrangements can be negotiated.

For ICT help call our free call number 0508 UC IT HELP (0508 824 843) or on 03 369 5000. Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm (excluding public and university holidays)

It is a student’s responsibility to uplift marked work and feedback in a timely manner. It is strongly recommended that students retain a back-up copy of all submitted work. Marks for assignments will be communicated electronically, through Gradebook. Turnitin (plagiarism checking software) may be used to check for plagiarism

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $777.00

International fee $3,375.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Teacher Education .

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