TROPICii is an integration of two programs: Teachers Reflecting On Practices In Context (TROPIC) and Instructional Intelligence (II). Together, they will form a suite of strategies and tools to help teachers plan and manage delivery and assessment in Vocational Education and Training (VET).
TROPIC team members Martha Goldman, Phil Harrison, Meredith Jackson, Lisa Erbacher, Terrie Paterson, Vicki Crooks, Robert McIntosh and Simon Brown are being trained in Instructional Intelligence in order to apply it to TROPIC.
Martha Goldman adapted the work of Christine Richmond and Mark Davidson to build TROPIC for VET delivery. It is a teacher-led network using specific techniques to mentor teachers by observing training delivery and reflecting on it.
Vivienne Scott is a Professional Development trainer at Central TAFE in Western Australia. Vivienne will be visiting Queensland three times in March, April and June to deliver Instructional Intelligence units in a compressed format over nine days. Instructional Intelligence is a program developed by Barrie Bennett and Carol Rolheiser, using a wide range of strategies to help teachers bring teaching theory to life in practical programs.
The first session (March 2-4) introduced participants to Cooperative Learning, Tribes Learning Communities and directed reflection. Vivienne modelled Social Learning activities for the class, and participants developed a lesson plan which they progressively updated as Vivienne led the way through a variety of new concepts.
The TROPICii team will meet online before the next face-to-face session in April, discussing applications of Instructional Intelligence in each member’s context.