The following media statement has given me some points to reflect on as a home school teacher. In particular, the required standard of professional development. I often wonder if I am doing the best that I can. Should I be pushing my child more? Should I be giving stamps and stickers as they do in class rooms? Should I be taking classes in core subjects so that I'm on top of current learning and teaching trends? I'm keen to hear from other home schoolers to find out how you contribute to your own professional development as a home school teacher.
New professional standards for Queensland teachers have been released as part of the State Government's comprehensive reforms of teacher registration.
Minister for Education and Training, Rod Welford, said the standards outlined the abilities, knowledge and professional values expected of teachers in Queensland schools.
"These reforms are part of our major overhaul of teacher registration and respond to the needs of a modern education system," Mr Welford said
"They have been developed by the new Queensland College of Teachers, which our Government established in 2006 to oversee changes to teacher registration.
"Teachers now have to renew their registration every five years. To gain renewal, they will have to show they've maintained their professional skills through ongoing professional education and recent teaching experience.
"These new professional standards will provide the benchmark for the profession in Queensland and give teachers a common framework to examine and renew their practice.
"They will be used to test first-time teachers in their application for provisional registration and full registration, as well as supporting preservice teacher education programs.
"They capture the essence of teachers' work - its complexity and diversity - as teachers manage the learning and teaching process for individuals and groups of students.
"Importantly, they provide a means to demonstrate to parents, school communities, and the public the knowledge, skills and abilities required by teachers in our schools today."
The standards are based around the three areas of teaching and learning, relationships with students, families and colleagues, and professional development.
The standards were developed in consultation with Queensland teachers and key stakeholders. Teachers can view the Professional Standards for Queensland Teachers from the Queensland College of Teachers website.
Copies of the standards will be sent to Queensland schools and registered teachers at the beginning of next term.
Media contact: Greg Milne or Marnie Stitz on 32371000
How do home school parents ensure their professional development? What home school conferences are available? I would love to attend some.