Assistant Principal Megan Adams discusses the benefits of placement at Broadmeadows Special Development School and shares her experiences working with RMIT students.
Assistant Principal at Broadmeadows Special Development School
School placements are an opportunity to see great teaching in schools and be inspired by the exceptional work schools do.
Broadmeadows Special Development School hosts a variety of RMIT students on placement throughout the school year. Our student teachers are situated in classrooms with students who have moderate to severe intellectual disabilities, aged between 5 and 18.
This type of placement is unique because students will have the opportunity to work extensively with not only mentor teachers, but speech pathologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and other specialists. They are also exposed to the concept of individual education plans that are tailored to meet the diverse needs of the students and the classrooms that they are in.
We have found that the placement is beneficial for both the student and our teachers. Teachers get to impart their knowledge and engage in rich professional discussions around teaching and learning strategies, while the students allow teachers to develop intensive programs to promote further skill development in each class.
I’ve often found that RMIT students are extremely professional in their manner and approach to their placements. It’s great to see that often students will consider special education as a career objective, when they may otherwise have not considered it.
A student teacher will benefit from this type of placement because the strategies and skills they learn are transferable to any school setting. They also get the added value of considering how they can adapt their teaching for all students within a variety of settings.
I think that aspiring teachers should take every opportunity to learn and experience variety whilst studying. If students look upon their education as a chance to experience learning from their students’ point of view, they will value and adopt excellent practice.