Topic review

Module 1 review

Respect, Relationships and Reconciliation

This topic allows you to explore your personal and professional values in relation to the ‘3Rs’: Respect, Relationships and Reconciliation.

As Australians who espouse values of mateship, equality and a fair go, it is incumbent on us to reflect on our history in the forming of modern day Australia. We might ask: Who has benefited? Who has been disadvantaged?

Importantly, we can reflect on the role we as teachers play in educating the next generation of Australian citizens to come together, to acknowledge our shared history, to understand injustice and what fairness requires of us as a nation in the pursuit of a harmonious and reconciled society founded on respect.

Respect is used a great deal in our schools and working through the Respect topic will have given you the opportunity to think deeply about what it involves and how it underpins all our relationships.

Respect begins with listening and having the motivation to understand others and their way of being in the world. This is the basis for achieving reconciliation.

Questions for review:

  • Do you see respect being the basis in your everyday relationships?
  • Does our history bear out the values of mateship, equality and a fair go for all, or just some?
  • What do you consider to be the relationship between respect and reconciliation?

Professional Standards for Teachers

Choose one Focus Area of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers where you could apply the knowledge and skills you have gained from Topic 1, such as:

Professional knowledgeFocus Area 1.1: Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students and how these may affect learning. (Graduate level) Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate teachers)

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Topic 2: Values, culture and identity

Examine the interconnectedness of values, culture, identity, and knowledges.

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