Eureka moments for beginning teachers

Kelly Campbell
Dave Mak

Project Officers

Beginning teachers strike it rich in Lightning Ridge.

Federation’s Beginning Teacher Conferences show the profession’s newest teachers that they are not alone, and that their union is there to support them.

The conferences provide an opportunity for new beginning teacher members (full time, temporary or casual) to network and share experiences with each other, in addition to developing skills to engage with the issues that will affect them on a daily basis in their new profession.

Workshops include planning and programming in primary and high school settings, behaviour management, gaining and maintaining Accreditation with the NSW Board of Studies and Teaching and Educational Standards, supporting Aboriginal students in the classroom, workplace conditions for casual, temporary and permanent teachers as well as how to be involved at your local teachers association.

Participants hear from Department of Education and Communities officers about how to increase their opportunities for gaining permanent employment.

Beginning teachers also have the opportunity to learn more about the services provided by Teachers Mutual Bank, Teachers Health Fund and First State Super.

Beginning teachers from the central and northern parts of NSW drove through the night, dodging cattle, sheep, kangaroos and emus, to attend the Beginning Teacher Conference in the opal-mining town of Lightning Ridge, May 23–25.

The next Beginning Teacher Conference is in Corowa, July 26–27.