National Young Leaders Day, Berwick Show & Professional Learning

Dear Parents/Guardians –

National Young Leaders Day

As Jodie wrote in last week’s edition of the Link, Mr Moore and I went to the National Young Leaders’ Day with our 20 grade 6 student leaders. The theme for the day was ‘Master the Little’ with presenters who spoke about how doing little things can lead to greater opportunities. It was an inspirational day for the 4,000 participants seated in the convention centre. The student leaders will be reporting back to our school community at this Friday’s assembly.

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Berwick Show

Screen Shot 2016-03-09 at 3.25.22 PMOur students showcased their artist talents at the Berwick Show recently and received an Encouragement Ribbon. Here is the proud principal standing in front of the display. I hope families went along and saw the display also. Thank you to the children and Ms Elliott for entering artwork into the local show.

Professional Learning

All teachers are involved in a professional learning series on Tuesday afternoons focusing on the development of a whole-school, consistent evidence-based instructional model to be used in all classrooms. An instructional model supports the development of a shared language about teacher practice, supports teachers to reflect and identify professional learning needs and engages and motivates teachers to consider how their teaching practice can best support student learning.

At yesterday’s session, teachers did a self-assessment against 7 classroom techniques based on “Effective Schools Model: ‘Purposeful Teaching’, Principles of Learning and Teaching (PoLT), DEECD e5 model, elements from the Performance and Development Culture. These are:

  • Positive relationships,
  • Protocols for teaching,
  • Knowledge of content,
  • How students learn,
  • Explicit teaching,
  • High expectations and
  • Feedback & reflection.

The self-assessment rating scale (not using, beginning, developing, applying and innovating) was used. These types of activities provide leadership with identifying what professional learning our teachers need to improve their teaching practice.

– Deborah

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