Professor Helen Timperley from the University of Auckland was working with our school leaders last week. It was a great professional learning experience and builds on the work we have been doing for some years now on how continuously improve student learning outcomes. Helen has such a sharp and pragmatic focus.
For me, it is about teachers learning about the art of teaching. They do this best by engaging in substantive conversations with colleagues at every level on what students are actually doing not on what teachers think they should be doing. It requires precision on the language and nature of learning and a daily focus on professional learning and teacher practice.
As Helen says, teacher learning is powerful and schools are places for both student and teacher learning.