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Academic Matters: Week 5

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31 May 2019

Academic Matters: Week 5

Academic Matters: Week 5

Last week 26 Council and sub-committee members joined our Middle School classes for a learning walk. The initial feedback for our teachers was that students were engaged, and the level of mutual respect was evident. 

The curious question from the participants was around how the teachers kept up with the use of technology and what is happening for the next five years in education at Scotch. 

Our staff all have continuous professional learning and the major focus last year was using technologies in the classroom. Staff shared what they had been learning with each other in December – around robotics, VR technology, see saw and the microsoft suite of technologies. Our Technology Development and Research Team meet regularly to discuss how to implement new technologies in the classroom.

The five-year question forms a major part of our the College’s strategic plan. Wellbeing and Learning are at the heart of what we do at Scotch and we want to  develop graduates who are ethical, critically considerate, internationally minded and live these attitudes in service of others. 

We have three teams of staff working on exciting projects to enhance the learning for our students. Two projects with AISSA are Project Based Learning and Student Agency and we have twelve staff working on these projects from both campuses. Dale Bennett, Ieva Hampson, Anne Fromholtz and I are working with the University of Melbourne on a project that looks at the ‘soft skills’ or capabilities where we currently do not assess officially, and we are looking for a way to look for growth points on a learning continuum.

Year 11s have exams starting on Thursday June 20 in the Chapel and Year 10 start semester tests on Monday June 24 in their classes. The timetables for both year levels are in Seqta Engage. Students who are attending the Japanese, GAIL and Caledonian tours have all had their examinations accommodated earlier.

To help with preparation then Elevate Education https://au.elevateeducation.com/ will run a session called ‘Ace Your Exams’ on June 5 starting at 3.45pm in the Boarding House. The session will cover:

  • Highest value exam preparation tasks
  • Fixing mistakes to ensure constant improvement
  • Time allocation during exam preparation
  • Techniques for managing stress and time pressure in exams

As an organisation we are constantly growing and fostering development. The mentoring of student teachers is important, for the continual growth in the profession. The School of Education at Adelaide University is working alongside the Apple Education team to deliver a best-practice eLearning Program throughout the Bachelor of Teaching double degree and they have asked us to partner with them.Four pre-service teachers who are in their first year of teaching will work with our staff for ten days, with a view tobecoming proficient in the use of contemporary technologies for learning.

Teresa Hanel
Deputy Principal – Teaching & Learning

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