The ABF Teacher Accreditation Program
In 2011, the ABF introduced Teacher Training Programs which aim to prepare prospective teachers for their first class and to assist experienced teachers with new ideas for their classes. From these first sessions the ABF Teacher Accreditation Program has grown with nearly 50 teachers from clubs across six states and territories now accredited.
To gain accreditation, a teacher must earn 65 points through completing a Teacher Training Program (TTP) and attending Continuing Professional Development (CPD) days, as well as leading help with play sessions and teaching series of lessons at their club. Points may also be allocated for other innovation activities or prior experience.
ABF National Teaching Coordinator Joan Butts and Teacher Trainer Cath Whiddon offer a number of TTPs and CPD days each year throughout Australia. These workshops offer proven advice that, if followed, will give teachers the tools to deliver top-quality bridge lessons.
Each TTP and CPD day offers a closer look at teaching methods and contains resources for beginner, help with play and card play courses. Teaching ideas are developed through discussion and practical demonstrations. There are also marketing and promotional tips offered from the ABF.
The ABF is committed to providing ongoing support for its teachers. The Learn page contains an index of resources available for Novice and Improving players as well as tips for their teachers. You can also find educational videos that will walk you through bidding and card play. The Improvers Teaching Tips feature topic notes and lesson tips that were initially part of the successful ABF Summer School.