27 learners taking this course
“Practical ideas, teaching tips and interesting videos. Loved it!” – Eva
“I’m looking forward to using discussion circles to help students find their voice” – Glenn
This course will help you facilitate class discussion circles, where students are more actively involved and can safely explore their personal, social and cultural views. You will discover how to switch from a teacher who gives direct instructions to a facilitator who lets their students lead their learning.
From an experienced facilitator, you’ll learn:
- The basics of facilitation.
- How to set up a discussion circle for any group of students.
- How to use tools like group agreements and open-ended questions.
- How to provide a safe space for students to listen and share their views.
- Year 7 – Year 12: All subject areas
- Cross curriculum priorities: All cross-curriculum priorities
- General capabilities: Literacy, Personal and Social Capability, Intercultural Understanding
This course is mapped to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. It is accredited for professional development hours for:
Graduate Teacher – all states and territories except for ACT
1.5.1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of strategies for differentiating teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities.
3.3.1 Include a range of teaching strategies.
3.5.1 Demonstrate a range of verbal and non-verbal communication strategies to support student engagement.
Proficient Teacher – all states and territories except for ACT
1.5.2 Develop teaching activities that incorporate differentiated strategies to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities.
3.3.2 Plan and implement well-structured learning and teaching programs or lesson sequences that engage students and promote learning.
3.5.2 Use effective verbal and non-verbal communication strategies to support student understanding, participation, engagement and achievement.
Highly Accomplished Teacher – all states and territories except for ACT and NSW
1.5.3 Evaluate learning and teaching programs, using student assessment data, that are differentiated for the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities.
3.3.3 Support colleagues to select and apply effective teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem solving and Critical and Creative Thinking.
3.5.3 Assist colleagues to select a wide range of verbal and non-verbal communication strategies to support students’ understanding, engagement and achievement.
In NSW, Cool Australia is endorsed to provide NESA Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient Teacher.
Chris Vella from Cool Australia is your course teacher. He has worked in the education sector for over 10 years as a classroom teacher and educational consultant. He has also worked at Western Sydney University. Chris loves getting creative with education and supporting others to do the same.
Jane Fishburn helped write this course. She is an education consultant who devotes her time to improving the self-driven participation of young people. Jane began her career as a secondary drama and music teacher. Through a school leadership role, her direction turned to learning design. Jane moved to the not-for-profit sector, developing and managing education programs. This experience connecting teachers and students in community learning contexts drives her new work focus on people, possibility and change.
As a not-for-profit organisation all revenue from our Professional Development courses is reinvested into providing teachers with the resources to become the designers of exceptional learning.