- Final competences of an academic bachelor’s degree;
- Adequate language skills.
* The student is to have completed the following course modules or to take them simultaneously:
- Introduction to didactics;
- Didactics of the subject with which the practice sessions are associated.
This course has to be followed in combination with didactics.
2. Objectives (expected learning outcomes)
The final competences consist of the basic competences (knowledge, skills and attitude) required of a teacher at secondary school level by the Flemish Government. They are categorised as ten functional domains (in the December 30, 2006 version). Priority is given to the following domains in the practice sessions:
Attitudes that receive special attention are decision-making and cooperation.
The teacher as a monitor of developmental and learning processes:
The teacher as an organiser;
The teacher as an innovator – as a researcher.
3. Course content
The practice sessions link up with the specific didactics of the subject(s) the student takes. They are supervised by the specific didactics professor and his or her assistants. Students trained in two subjects will split the amount of time spent on the two options. In this course description only the main principles are outlined. More information can be found in the Course Guide for the Practice Sessions of the specific didactics.
Practice sessions are lessons in which students teach fellow students. These lessons need to be prepared and will be discussed afterwards.
Students attend their fellow students’ lessons and participate actively.
Attendance and participation are absolutely essential, for practising as well as for experiencing. The students can explore the interaction with an audience, the organisation of classes and observe the impact of all kinds of techniques on themselves. The framework is provided by the general and the specific didactics courses.
4. Teaching method
Direct contact: Exercise sessionsSkills training
Personal work: ExercisesAssignments - individualAssignments - in groupPortfolio
5. Assessment method
Continuous assessment: ExercisesAssignmentsParticipation in classroom activities
Portfolio: Without oral presentation
6. Compulsory reading – study material
Course Guide Practice Sessions
Lesson Plans, Obervation and Evaluation Forms
7. Recommended reading - study material
The students can address the assistants throughout the practice sessions or contact them via email.