Master of Teaching students join forces with North Melbourne Football club

Master of Teaching candidates and their lecturers have joined forces with North Melbourne Football Club’s Huddle initiative to teach the basic skills of AFL 9’s to year 7-10 students.

The AFL 9’s is used as a way of engaging students in health and wellbeing, as well as increasing their chances of connecting to the community and building their confidence through involvement in sport. One of the activities run by last year’s candidates was a tournament for Year 9 students from University High School.

Master of Teaching candidates develop activities that nurture the values of education and intercultural understanding, and are mapped against the Victorian Health and PE curriculum. Consideration is made for students who are new to the AFL code and for the cultural and linguistic diversity of students from participating schools in Wyndham and around North Melbourne.

Dr Russell Cross, from the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, says the program presents an exciting challenge for candidates.

“The Huddle not only presents an opportunity to think differently about what teaching and learning means, beyond the scope of the regular school setting or traditional classroom, but also for how others beyond schools can be involved in education,” he says.

The Huddle’s Education Programs Manager Mairead Hannan says they have had very positive feedback from the Master of Teaching candidates they have worked with.

“One student told us that The Huddle assignment was a highlight of the Master of Teaching for her,” she says.