Are you looking to understand how you attribute the AITSL teaching standards and their focus areas to your stories and artefacts using Edufolios? Here's how to use our standards guide.
At edufolios, we want the evidence gathering process to focus on your practice. That's why we start with "evidence first, standards second". So, once you've written about what happened today in your classroom, in a uni. lecture or PD or when you were working with your colleagues, you can use our standards guide to work out which focus areas you've covered.
Whilst editing your evidence within an Evidence Post:
- On the right-hand side of your evidence post editor, you will find a sidebar which contains a box marked “Edufolios Standard Guide”. It looks like this:
This is called a "widget" and it contains all of the questions (and answers) you'll need to attribute standards and focus areas to your stories.
- You'll notice that the widget asks you two questions. First, click on the top question "Who am I Impacting?" Clicking on the down arrow will show you four options.
This menu helps us to narrow down which of the four career stages your story focuses on. Remember that your evidence can move around these career stages. You might find you're covering more than one. More on that here. If it does (go you!) then we'll use the standards guide one career stage at a time. We can always come back here and change the setting.
Choose the career stage you think applies to your story.
- Now that we've selected who we were impacting (our career stage), we can start to narrow down our impact into one of the seven AITSL standards.
Click the down arrow on the second questions called "I talked about..."
This menu contains a list of the seven standards from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. All you need to do is ask yourself each item in the list as a question and click the first one that applies. So... if you talked about your students and how you know them... click number 1.
- When you've selected your standard, you're going to see all of the focus areas descriptors, for that standard, at the career stage you selected. You're now looking at the descriptor that tells you what you should be talking about to cover this focus area and what artefacts you might need to support your evidence.
You can move through each focus area in this standards and career stage by clicking the numbered tabs.
Read the descriptors carefully. If you think you covered 1.1 then you should be talking about how you "designed and implemented" "teaching strategies" based on a knowledge of your students' physical, social and intellectual development..." and you need to show you've "improved student learning".
These, colour coded descriptors are the way you make sure that you've REALLY hit the focus area. If you've hit some of it but not all... then that's ok.. Now you know what to add to your story to make sure you hit it square on. A lot of us click the descriptor and then go back and add words from those descriptors to our paragraphs so that the link is really, REALLY obvious to assessors.
If you're curious about the colour coding then check out this podcast and free workbook (Yep.. some free PD for you!) or download our free guide to the Teaching Standards
Now choose the career stages and focus areas you feel you are evidencing by clicking the "Add Standard and Focus Area" box. This will add both the standard and the focus area as "attributed" to your evidence.
- Keep going through this process (steps 2 - 5) until you think you've covered as many focus areas and standards as you can for your evidence.
Note: Once you publish your evidence, Edufolios will automatically add your focus areas and standards to your heat map. It will also automatically link the evidence post to the 7 standards on your home page and add the focus areas you selected to the tag cloud.