One of the things that I enjoy when attending conferences is meeting like-minded and passionate teachers.
Last month I presented at the Re-think and Re-imagine Conference at Deakin University and ran into Thom Fraser. Thom is a Year 6 teacher at Warrnambool Primary in Victoria and has developed a literacy program called Re-phrase it. The program allows students to set and track their own learning goals. Tom says it’s in response to thinking about how 21st century students learn.
I see Thom as a teacher who has not only taken up the challenge of improving the learning outcomes for all students but who is learning and sharing about his practice along the way. He tells me that he has done several radio interviews on how the literacy program works.
What you see when Thom speaks is his passion and his energy for teaching and his commitment to challenging each student. Could Thom could be our benchmark?