So what do the teachers get up to when the students are not around? How do they prepare themselves for the classroom?
There is an old Indonesian Proverb that states: "Learning from a teacher who has stopped learning is like drinking water from a stagnant pond." As teachers, we need to be modeling lifelong learning to our students. In order to facilitate such a process, during our professional development afternoons, we have spent some time learning from one another.
On Monday this week at our staff meeting, we held our second TeachMeet afternoon. A teachmeet is an opportunity for teachers to share something (in 3-5 minutes), so that others can learn something new about teaching. At our teachmeet this time around, we enjoyed:
Presentations on groupwork and grading in Senior Ancient History
Using Sculptures in Visual Arts to promote Biblical Literacy
The ‘Harvard Visible Thinking Project’
Reflections on ‘Teaching Redemptively’ – a book we study as a staff by Donovan Graham
Canvas – a new school management learning system
iPads in Years 5/6
The International Studies modules
It was a great time to learn and grow together. We look forward to many more such opportunities into the future.
Mr P Muddle
Curriculum Coordinator (T-12) Perspectives