This module runs under the Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme (http://www.uas.ac.uk/) and provides an opportunity for students to act as ambassadors for their disciplines.
- To develop a range of skills in the student and to offer an early taste of teaching to those interested in pursuing it as a career.
- To help students gain confidence in communicating their subject, develop strong organisational and interpersonal skills, and understand how to address the needs of individuals.
- To learn to devise and develop projects and teaching methods appropriate to engage the relevant age group they are working with.
- To help inspire a new generation of prospective undergraduates by providing role models for school pupils.
- To help teachers convey the excitement of their subject to their pupils by showing them the long-term applications of school studies.
- To help teachers by providing an assistant who can work with and support pupils at any point on the ability spectrum.
Course Description: Link to Official Course Descriptor.
This format is standard within the Undergraduate Ambassadors :
- Initial training to provide the student with an introduction to working with children and conduct in the school environment
- Competitive interview system to ensure students’ suitability for the module.
- Student will be matched with an appropriate school and a specific teacher in the local area.
- Student will spend the equivalent of half a day a week in the school every week for a semester.
- No formal lectures.
- A supporting tutorial for one hour once a week for students to share experiences.
- Initial contact with the teacher and pupils will be as a classroom assistant – observing the teacher and offering practical support.
- The teacher will assign the student teaching tasks which will vary depending on the teacher’s needs and the ability of the student.
- The student will design and deliver a special project on the basis of discussion with the teacher and their own assessment of what will interest the particular pupils they are working with.
- End of unit presentation of special project
Learning Outcomes: Subject Mastery
Understanding, Knowledge and Cognitive Skills Scholarship, Enquiry and Research (Research-Informed Learning)
- Communicate and present computing topics to others.
- Develop a better understanding of, appreciation of, and confidence in computing through teaching it to others.
- Gain a broad understanding of many of the key aspects of teaching computing in schools
Learning Outcomes: Personal Abilities
Industrial, Commercial & Professional Practice Autonomy, Accountability & Working with Others Communication, Numeracy & ICT
- To experience working in a challenging and unpredictable environment.
- Be able to assess and devise appropriate ways to communicate a difficult principle or concept
To master the following specific and transferable skills:
- Understanding the needs of individuals.
- Employ effective interpersonal skills when dealing with colleagues.
- To understand and support teaching staff responsibilities and conduct oneself accordingly.
- To be able to improvise and adapt to the responses of students in a classroom.
- To give (and take) feedback.
- To make effective use of organisational, prioritisation and negotiating skills.
- To handle difficult and potentially disruptive situations.
- To be able to use public speaking and communication skills, both one-to-one and when speaking to an audience
- To understand and be able to make use of standard teaching methods.
- To prepare, use and reflect on the effectiveness of lesson plans and teaching materials.
- To be able to reflect on the effectiveness of methods of teaching and learning both personally and in review with tutors.
Assessment: Coursework: (weighting – 100%)
SCQF Level: 10.