As another school year comes to completion, I think it appropriate to leave the last word to one of our secondary teachers, Jill Harrington.
Jill’s reflection on her role as a team-member and on her own professional journey as a maths teacher exemplifies a new understanding of student-centred learning and teacher-learning.
Without good teachers who can reflect on practice, mentor one another, work collaboratively, interpret feedback and data and change strategies when necessary, we will not achieve the learning outcomes that every student deserves.
It is disheartening to read on the day the HSC results are published that our highest achievers and brightest students have not chosen to pursue studies in education.
Teachers are the greatest ambassadors for the profession – it is time to raise the status by encouraging teachers to talk about the rewards of a profession that directly impacts on the lives of young people.