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Feb
11
09:15AM 11 February
Week 3
Early Learning Centre Tour (T1W3...
Feb
13
07:00PM 13 February
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Feb
15
07:00PM 15 February
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Feb
20
09:15AM 20 February
Week 4
Junior School Tour (T1W4 2020)
Feb
27
09:00AM 27 February
Week 5
Middle & Senior School Tour (...
Mar
04
09:15AM 04 March
Week 6
Early Learning Centre Tour (T1W6...
Mar
11
09:15AM 11 March
Week 7
Junior School Tour (T1W7 2020)
Mar
15
11:30AM 15 March
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Mar
26
09:15AM 26 March
Week 9
Early Learning Centre Tour (T1W9...
Mar
31
09:00AM 31 March
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Middle & Senior School Tour (...
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1 June 2018

We are all teachers

We are all teachers

Imagine there are 20 well known people (celebrities, philanthropists, political leaders, volunteers, musicians, sports players etc) in a reality TV balloon flight that needs to lose weight to remain afloat. Each of them has one minute to convince the others and their audience about why they should stay...

After Round 1 five people are no longer on the flight. The remaining passengers now get another chance to convince the people they can stay on board based upon the good work they have done to help progress humanity…and on it goes until there is one passenger who is able to remain in the balloon and complete the flight. Next week our Middle School students as part of House time will be playing a similar game to this one so they get to ponder in an entertaining atmosphere what their personal ethics are.  

Ethical dilemmas come in all shapes and forms and now more than ever we need to provide students with the opportunity to explore logic and morality which develops their understanding of what it is to be a good person. The challenge is to engage them in the conversation. We all know that telling teenagers what is right and wrong is a guaranteed fail if you want them to learn anything. That is why our classroom teaching and learning approach has changed so much over the last decade. Personalised learning where we mentor and coach students to develop mastery, experiential learning, experimental and scenario role plays all add to the rich experience of understanding beyond the conventional means of tuition (textbooks and the like) which still have a place at the learning table. As we near the end of the second decade of the century co-design, co-construct and collaborative are self-explanatory terms being used to define how we best learn and create understanding in the classroom.

I am grateful that as I reflect on the many experiences students have had over the last two weeks at Scotch that we have created a learning environment where students expect more from their learning and we are able to deliver more because we are open to new ways of doing school. And as we tackle the issues of a complex world in our learning we must in our approach ensure that we address the ethics which inform them. A lot of the time it is seemingly intuitive and known but we also need to imbue in our students the desire to challenge and question the decisions and actions of others. To do this we need to consider the diverse and often strong cultural perspectives which inform the debate. The power of challenge and reflection is not lost on us. 

Of course, as parents the ethical challenges around choices our teenagers make around their personal and social behaviours are equally as interesting. The approach to teaching and learning we use is informed not just by research but the reality of how parenting has changed. I am sure you can see the parallels and the need for us to use similar approaches to you as we work with your children.

Recognising we are all teachers and we all use a range of approaches to work with our children on how they handle the complexities of life drawing on the strength of our community now more than ever is a must!

Dale

That's a wrap on Term 4 and 2019! Enjoy the summer break and have a happy and safe Christmas! https://t.co/CRKA1RkfyE