Equip

What is Equip?

 

Equip is the in-service professional development program specifically designed to prepare and support teachers who teach Christian Studies in the Lutheran school.  Equip is practical, equipping teachers with theology, biblical literacy, pedagogy and classroom management skills to plan for and deliver an effective Christian Studies program. A teacher new to the teaching of Christian Studies will typically be expected, with the support of their school, to complete the ten modules of Equip over their first three years of employment. Together with the completion of Pathways: Spiritual focus, the completion of Equip enables teachers to gain accreditation as a Christian Studies Teacher (Ac). Alternatively, accreditation can be fulfilled by completing Pathways: Spiritual focus and a Graduate Certificate in Theology (Christian Studies strand) at Australian Lutheran College.

 

Equip is designed to:

  • give teachers the necessary information and tools to begin their journey in teaching and learning in Christian Studies
  • supply strategies to plan and deliver a course of Christian Studies to students
  • unlock the key concepts that underpin the Lutheran Education Australia (LEA) Christian Studies Curriculum Framework (CSCF)
  • prepare teachers to identify and meet the challenges that will face them

 

Equip gives a broad overview to the learning and teaching of Christian Studies. It aims to:

  • equip and support participants to develop personally as they grow in their own spiritual and theological understandings
  • equip and support participants professionally as they:
    •  increase in confidence to take risks and explore concepts in Christian Studies
    • develop personally and professionally
    • grow in their understanding of the purpose of Christian Studies
    • identify their role and responsibilities as teachers of Christian Studies
    • discern and make decisions about which of the significant ideas in the curriculum framework they will need to teach their students
    • grow in their knowledge of concepts and processes in teaching and learning as they relate to Christian Studies
    • conceptualise the entire learning journey for the student and identify the contribution they are making to that journey
    • increase their understanding of the spirituality of students and its implications for planning and student engagement
    • develop a range of classroom strategies that support and engage student learning in Christian Studies, develop deep understandings, imagination and connectedness with others, other learning and future life goals
    • develop a repertoire of classroom strategies for assessing students’ development in Christian Studies

Equip consists of ten modules, each a one-day workshop of approximately six hours. Each module comprises:

A workshop, built on the principles of the inquiry process

  • introducing specific CSCF content
  • developing and expanding theological and pedagogical concepts
  • utilising a range of individual and small group strategies
  • incorporating time for reflection
  • applying theology and pedagogy through collaborative planning of units of work
  • sharing classroom practice with other participants

 

Journal entries

  • as a learner, reflecting on and responding to learning

 

Pre- and post-module activities

  • reading set materials
  • completing the writing/documenting of unitsMODMOD
  • trialling workshop activities and specific foci in the classroom
  • collecting student data or other tasks
  • (ongoing) preparing portfolio of work for final presentation

 

Equip Portfolio requirements

Equip modules content summary                          

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) information sheet 

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) application form

 

Equip facilitator resources (login required)

Order Equip modules online (for Equip facilitators only) this requires your regional login

Equip facilitator criteria