Leading US educator, Marco Torres is back in Parramatta this week working with 90 Year 5, 6 and 7 students from three local schools.
The students are undertaking project-based learning; exploring an issue that impacts on their local environment using multi-media.
It is immensely satisfying watching students learn but when you pause to reflect you realise that watching Marco in action is seeing a teacher who has a profound understanding about people learning.
For Marco the art of teaching is in the learning, focusing on the learner not the process or the structure. As he points out “schooling is a noun, learning is a verb.” When this happens the line between the teacher and the learner becomes more permeable and collaborative.
When I look around the room, I not only see students engaged and challenged but also teachers, principals and team leaders. And that’s really the point – great teachers inspire learners of all ages.