Research Report 2019-2020

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Professional Learning Pathways While all staff are involved in common and individualised professional learning, we encourage involvement in three development tracks that build collective expertise and lead to further career and learning opportunities.

Pedagogy Track Teaching for Character Team Facilitation The Teaching for Character (TFC) program

in redesigning teaching units, reshaping

commenced in 2019, aiming to engage all

classroom spaces and starting new activities,

teaching staff in dialogue and action about

all aimed at growing the character qualities

how teaching and learning might more clearly

of curiosity (2019) and adventure, creativity

reflect the College’s Brave Hearts Bold Minds

and personal growth (2020). Example TFC

philosophy of education and the character

questions included:

outcomes in our Graduate Profile. Staff are invited to apply to be a TFC Team Facilitator, a role which provides a first leadership opportunity for many teachers, focused around pedagogical leadership rather than

• What happens to boys’ understanding of God as their Creator in Christian Studies if we give them time to ask big questions? • If we implement a ‘taste and see’

administration. Facilitators receive extensive

Creative Arts program across Year 8

training and support through regular

what happens to student engagement

Ms Natalie Lawand presenting her team’s

workshops on topics such as designing a

and interest?

project on using curiosity to encourage

research question, running effective meetings and communicating results.

richer problem-solving in Mathmetics. Culminating in the Teaching for Character Fair in October, the program had a focus on both

Complementing the all-staff professional

a product to show and a process to learn from.

learning days, teams met twice per term to work on choosing and answering an inquiry question of their choice. This took expression

Professional Learning


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