Mr David Mowbray
The last two Monday’s have been very productive whole school professional learning days for staff and we appreciate your support to use these student free days for this important work. Just to let you know that these opportunities are essential building blocks for our continual search for improving our collective teaching practice.
We were very fortunate on the first day to have access to Glen Pearsall to facilitate our learning. In a follow up this past Monday we were in the very capable hands of Richard Dungey, Aden Wyers and Narelle Loechel who organised and facilitated more focused work for all teachers. Our overall focus is on a new structured teaching approach using a gradual release of responsibility framework (see diagram) that builds greater student responsibility into the learning delivery.
Learning is a complex process that involves more than just telling students about a topic or how to do something…it involves modelling the learning process, providing relevant and useable work examples, accessing and using feedback – self, peers and from and to the teacher, having other students sharing, supporting and challenging what is known or misinterpreted, and lots of practice at and just beyond their current ability level. This is where we can shift the control and responsibility of the learning, gradually, from a reliance on the teacher and more to the student. We are trying to instil in all students, regardless of their age or ability level, independence in their learning. It is when students reach this level of control and understanding of their learning they become more engaged, more accountable and place themselves into a better position to achieve higher levels of learning.
You would be proud of the outstanding level of professional engagement displayed by all of your children’s teachers over these two days. We achieved a lot. And, already teachers are having success in using some of the new strategies explored over the last couple of weeks and students are responding better to these approaches.
We look forward to developing your child into a highly engaged and successful learner ready to achieve great things.