The course comprises an introductory session and five content modules delivered over a three-week period.
There will be two live tutor-led interactive workshops each week, as well as a number of engaging asynchronous tasks that you complete in your own time.
The asynchronous part of your course will allow you and your fellow participants to extend the learning from the live sessions. Typically, this will include follow up quizzes, extra readings and materials. You will also benefit from opportunities to discuss aspects of each session with your peers in pairs and in small groups, allowing you to reflect on how you might tailor the content of each session to your own teaching context.
We expect you to devote at least 5 hours each week to your course. Outside the scheduled live sessions, you can study at times that are most convenient for you.
We have capped class sizes at 25 students to maximise opportunities for interaction.
During your two weekly live workshops, you will be expected to participate actively in discussions and exchanges with your tutor and fellow participants. You will be encouraged to continue your discussions through additional online interaction throughout your course.
The first day of your course will begin with an introductory session to introduce you to the structure, expectations, and goals of an Oxford Teachers' Academy course. You then follow a series of five modules over three weeks.
All times are UK time (UTC+1).
Introductory Session - Monday 06 July 1.15pm
Module 1: Context of Mentoring - Thursday 09 July 1.15pm
- Clarifying teaching competencies
- Exploring ways of developing these competencies
- The role of a mentor in these processes
Module 2: Approaches to Mentoring - Monday 13 July 1.15pm
- Defining approaches to teacher support
- The purposes and limitations of these approaches
- The qualities and behaviours of a supportive mentor
Module 3: Constructive Mentoring Conversations - Thursday 16 July 1.15pm
- Exploring frameworks for supportive conversations
- Adapting framework for our context/approach
- Effective interventions
Module 4: Teacher Support Activities - Monday 20 July 1.15pm
- Covering a range of support activities
- Analysing the learning processes involved
- Considering the variety of roles a mentor may take
Module 5: Dealing with Challenging Behaviours - Thursday 23 July 1.15pm
- Analysing the teacher life cycle and how it can impact on perceptions of professional development
- Challenges to a positive mentoring relationship
- Strategies for engaging with these challenges