HSC Professional Learning – Biology
HSC Professional Learning focuses on supporting teachers to apply effective teaching strategies in select HSC courses.
This course is designed for teachers currently teaching a Stage 6 biology class.
HSC Professional Learning is a system-wide routine of PL that is inspiring for teachers, high-quality, fit for purpose and progressively evaluated – responsive to the analysis of data and improved using a research and evidence base.
This PL is delivered online in real-time using Microsoft Teams from 8:15 am to 3:30 pm over a full school day. Teachers can be completely new to the PL or have attended previously. New and unique content is delivered each term offering new partnerships and collaborations, fresh insights and supporting resources.
The learning deepens the focus on identifying growth in the discriminating features of high achievement within HSC student work samples. Data indicates that teachers who complete this PL more than once, develop higher-quality Stage 6 teaching activities and tasks.
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In 2023, HSC Professional Learning is offered for:
- Business Studies
- Community and Family Studies
- English (Advanced and Standard)
- Industrial Technology
- Legal Studies
- Mathematics (Advanced and Standard 2)
- Modern History
- Music 1
- Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
- Visual Arts
This evidence-based course supports teachers to make pedagogical decisions to help students deepen their understanding of the discriminating features of high academic achievement in Stage 6 biology.
Course designers and facilitators are curriculum advisers and practising HSC teachers from NSW public schools who are biology experts and achieve in the upper performance bands, regardless of context.
The professional learning is designed so that teachers work with colleagues across the state to discuss the research into high leverage teaching strategies, their own teaching practice and student work samples and the development of quality resources. Our presenters unpack the discriminating features of high achievement in HSC biology, offer examples, demonstrations and strategies, and mentor course participants within the professional learning day.
Participants share sample tasks and activities and student responses in a collegial, high trust and inspiring learning environment.
- high-quality resources
- videos of classroom practice and teacher discussion
- real student responses, feedback and interactive tasks.
Participants in this course will be working individually and collectively to engage with newly developed sessions each term. The course design iterates each term, responding to the evaluation of feedback that is provided by teachers. To meet the requirements of the professional learning, participants complete tasks throughout the day and upload evidence of their learning in the ﬁnal module..
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