Student Free Day - Monday 17 July
The first day of Term 3 at Marlborough will be a student free day. This day will be dedicated to Professional Development for our staff. In the morning we will be focusing on our Instructional Practice (how we teach) and the afternoon will be a refresher course on Anaphylaxis, CPR and Asthma.
As we focus on our Instructional Practice we will be using the 'Curiosity and Powerul Learning' Framework. Our Leadership Team attended a 2-day introduction to this framework and we have joined a network of schools who are using it to make school improvement. The Framework provides us with 10 research based 'Theories of Action' that will guide us as we continually improve teaching and learning at Marlborough and ensure that our students are curious, engaged, self-motivated life-long learners.
The ten Theories of Action are:
- Prioritise High Expectations and Authentic Relationships
- Emphasise Inquiry Focused Teaching
- Adopt Consistent Teaching Protocols
- Adopt Consistent Learning Protocols
- Harness Learning Intentions, Narrative and Pace
- Set Challenging Learning Tasks
- Frame Higher Order Questions
- Connect Feedback to Data
- Commit to Assessment for Learning
- Implement Cooperative Groups
As you would recognise, many of these practices are already in place. Using the framework we aim to examine what is working well and both improve upon and introduce high impact teaching and learning strategies into every single lesson. This is ongoing work and will guide our Professional Development for the rest of this year and beyond.
By being part of this network we are able to learn alongside and from other schools, we gain access to high level educational consultants and we have access to the support and research from Monash University and Melbourne University.
As a school we are highly committed to ensuring that our students are prepared for the challenges they face in their lives ahead and a key part of this is inspiring, supporting and giving space for their curiosity.