Debbie thinks it is unacceptable that some students miss out on the opportunity to be the best learner that they can be, because schools sometimes restrict powerful learning. She believes in a school where all students have the chance to flourish, grow and excel through quality, innovative learning. In Debbie’s eyes, not all students engage or present as powerful learners, and quantitative data drives considerable school actions. At the start of the year, Debbie’s school improvement plan was multi-faceted with a lack of clarity regarding pedagogical change.
Debbie decided to raise the profile of teaching and learning in a data driven world and building an improvement model that focuses on quality teaching and learning.
She created a digital pedagogy wall using images of practice within the school and links with teachers which was displayed in the front office. In school leadership meetings, Debbie spotlighted pedagogy. She invested in building improvement processes that focus on pedagogy, and involved the executive leadership team in this process. And finally, Debbie celebrated and acknowledged innovative pedagogical changes through an e-thanks approach plus sharing with other leaders and the Education Director when she came to visit Debbie’s school.
Debbie’s initiatives have had a positive impact on 255 students so far, and she has involved 80 teaching staff and 40 paraprofessionals in the processes. A highlight is:
“Two Year 1/2 teachers have embraced the ideas of STEM, using the environment as the 3rd teacher, or inquiry approaches, and opened up their learning spaces for a collaborative environment. More open-ended learning is occurring, active student engagement is tangible, and the articulation of learning is heard. Something that’s exciting is that it is likely in 2018 to have 3 joint teaching teams operating in flexible, creative learning spaces as others have seen the potential through observing outcomes. These teams are starting to explore other ways of maximising collaboration with a student voice lens.”
Like the idea?
Debbie would love your support for A Spotlight on Pedagogy, or for you to start a similar program in your school, and she’d love to hear about any ideas you have or lend a hand where she can. Shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to get in touch with Debbie and we can connect you. Feel free to cheer her on in the comments below as well.
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