In many lines of work employees are required to undertake improvement processes. As a part of this, they set goals against standards which are then used to measure progress or growth. In education teachers do this with their students in the classroom and as a part of their own professional practice. AITSL – the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership sets standards which outline what a teacher should be aiming to achieve at every stage of their career. This allows for improved practice both in and outside of the classroom.
These standards move from Graduate to Proficient onto Highly Accomplished and finally to Lead. The domains of teaching – professional knowledge, professional practice and professional engagement sit above these seven standards to provide the ‘bigger picture’. The standards that teachers work to develop are:
- Know students and how they learn
- Know the content and how to teach it
- Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
- Create and maintain a supportive learning environment
- Assess provide feedback and report on student learning
- Engage in professional learning
- Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/ carers and the community
At St Brigid’s teachers are continually working on perfecting their knowledge and skills in relation to these standards. They participate in Professional Learning Teams to engage with educational research, analyse and respond to student data, share successful classroom practices and discuss ways to overcome challenges.
In 2019 our school will build on this learning further, with ‘Learning Walks’. A Learning Walk is when a small group of teachers visit multiple classrooms with the aim to foster conversations about the teaching and learning in order to develop a shared vision of high quality teaching, thus having a positive impact on student learning. I am disappointed that I will not get to witness firsthand the wonderful learning that is occurring across our school but know that all teachers will relish in the learning that these ‘Learning Walks’ will produce.
In the next couple of weeks, we have a number of very important events happening here at St Brigid’s. One of the first events is the annual school End of Year Christmas Concert on the evening of Wednesday 28th November. All students will be involved in this production and the students have been very busy rehearsing the songs and learning their lines with Mrs Connelly. Following this, the school will hold the annual school swimming carnival on Friday 30th at the town pool. And in the blink of an eye it is the last week of the school year (only 3 days)!!! On the Monday 3rd December, we will be holding our Awards Assembly commencing at 9:00 in the MPA - everyone is welcome to join. On the last day of school, Wednesday 5th is the Mass of Thanksgiving and Graduation Ceremony. This will commence at 9:00am in the MPA , once again everyone is welcome to join. There will be time after the graduation ceremony for parents and families to stay for a ‘cuppa’.