Dear Parents, Carers, Staff and Students,
Over the past months, we have had a focus on providing support and learning for teachers in Mathematics, Literacy and Inquiry. We have employed consultants with significant skill and knowledge in these areas. Mr. Paul Ledwidge has been assisting in the 1/2 and 2/3 teams, focusing on the difference between Independent Reading and SQUIRT. Paul has been demonstrating with the students. Reading practice is very important and focused reading practices even more so. Paul has also been assisting with the documentation of the curriculum, working with teachers in small groups, to develop a one-page overview of what is to be taught in what term, with a focus on writing. It is very exciting work to watch teachers share their understandings and connect with the next level of work for the students. We have also taken up the Networks offer to train three teachers in Literacy Learning so that we can use these teachers to inform and shape our practice into current thinking informed by research over time. Great teachers shape their teaching practice continually and this is what all teachers crave; a chance to learn and grow.
In Mathematics, a group of teachers and teacher leaders has been part of a bigger Numeracy Network of schools working with and alongside Chris Coombes an experienced Mathematics leader and consultant. Chris is helping us work with students in a Problem Based Learning model, and on lesson progressions in Mathematics. Our teachers have been in other schools observing teachers using this model and seeing the learning developed for all students.
With Inquiry, we have continued our work with Jeni Wilson who is helping us move from a topic based Inquiry planning model to planning around concepts and skills. This way of planning incorporates content of course, but enables deeper and higher order thinking and learning for all students.
As an Instructional Leader, I am witnessing a little bit of learning excitement demonstrated by the teachers across the school. It is very exciting!
Keeping you in the loop about these things is important because your child might not have their teacher for a day or two and you may think the teacher is absent, when they are doing important learning. Getting teacher’s together onsite means, they can confer with their class and reassure those that maybe a little concerned if their teacher is not in front of them.