Saturday, April 30, 2016

St Joseph's Teachers as Learners

I was pleased to receive feedback from a visiting 'teacher coach' today about the openness that our teachers have displayed to learning new ways of teaching which bring about improved outcomes for our students. As life long learners themselves, our teachers are called to always be researching and finding ways to ignite a love of learning in our students.  

Last week, our teachers began the journey of learning about the reasons our education system and teaching methods need revision in order to become more relevant, engaging and purposeful for learners now and in the future. When we understand and accept the ever-changing modern world and what it demands of us all, we can then begin to better provide the necessary knowledge and skills for success. 

"Young job-seekers not getting 'enterprise' skills employers are looking for, analysis shows" was the headline recently on the ABC news. They point out in their article that a large analysis of jobs data shows young Australians are not developing the enterprise skills employers are looking for.

The Key Points from the article were:

This has a direct impact on what we focus on and what we prioritise in education. At St Joseph's we have as our priority English, Maths, Religious Education and Social and Emotional Learning with learning in other disciplines drawing from these. 

We have a duty to ensure strong literacy and numeracy skills so that the digital , thinking and enterprise skills can be better accessed by our students as they develop. For more information about the need for change I invite parents to view this vignette.  

Futures learning   

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