24 January 2018
Macquarie Fields High School students sample a possible career as future teachers.
The Future Teachers club at Macquarie Fields High School gives students hands-on experience for a potential teaching career.
More than 50 students from Years 8 to 11 at Macquarie Fields High School are going back to both sides of learning and teaching this term.
They are in the Future Teachers club, a supervised program aimed at giving students a hands-on idea of what a teaching career might be like. "We are an academically oriented, high achieving school which has a partially selective enrolment stream and we are keen to show all our students that teaching is a highly rewarding career option," said Principal Jan Dolstra. "Under supervision and with the support of their teacher, participating students prepare two lessons in the area they are most interested in - it tends to be maths, science or English - to be delivered to a primary or high school class at the end of each semester. "In addition, during the year they will undertake other activities, which have included presenting a lecture at Sydney University, promoting teaching at the Department's Blacktown staffing office, delivering pop-up lessons at the Macarthur Square shopping centre, and taking a field trip to a regional or rural high school. "Future Teachers also act as ambassadors for our school when we have pre-service teachers or teachers visiting from other schools.
"The program not only gives those taking part a very practical idea of day-to-day teaching, but is also appreciated by the younger students who are taught by them, as they get a very new viewpoint of the material taught."