Our teachers are scientists too!

​I often reflect on the way our teachers approach their work from a scientific perspective - planning for a specific effect or outcome, when applying their knowledge of the curriculum and choosing pedagogy to suit the individual needs of their students. We have a 'control' group of students who, we can predict with some certainty (from our experience and from research findings), will respond in the way we plan, when we combine the elements of our teaching practice. We have variables that we can apply to ensure that all students experience a successful outcome even when they come to the learning experience from differing starting points. We remain abreast of research and new practices, for example technology, that will assist us to achieve learning goals in a more expeditious way.

In the midst of a very busy end of term, the teachers are using information gained from assessment, to plan ahead for student progress for next term, using a new set of curriculum goals. This Friday, the last day of term, teachers from each year level will post the Learning and Teaching Overview for next term in your Class Blog, detailing the curriculum focus for next term. We provide this information, knowing that there will be some students who will benefit from an early introduction to the learning area knowledge, to pre-read the focus text or to begin to engage in some of the skills that will be needed for learning next term.

Andrew Johnson, in his book "Teaching Strategies for all Teachers" states that teaching is a Science, an Art and a Craft. It is an art, in that teachers must bring themselves fully into their teaching. It is a craft, in that teachers bring a set of skills learned through experience. It is certainly a multi-dimensional role that is taken up by many as a vocation. We are very grateful for the dedication that our teachers bring to their work, and that they give so much of themselves, with our students' wellbeing, progress and achievement in mind.​