As another year comes to a close it reminds me of the mechanical process of schooling. Our schools are placed in “mothballs” for six weeks and then the system fires up again in late January. I wonder if the school year could be significantly different from the last?
It’s heartening to hear AITSL Chair, Professor John Hattie say recently that we are already having an incredible impact on student learning; the best is in Australia all around us.
We have never had better trained teachers, funding, buildings and access to technologies. The majority of parents have high degrees of trust in their local school to deliver quality outcomes. However, the challenge for the profession is ‘where to next?’
As I’ve said throughout 2014, it’s a question that can only really be answered by those doing the work. When I talk to beginning and experienced teachers, I see people who have great passion; who are not resistant to change (provided they have the structures and support).
Supporting and engaging our teachers more deeply in evaluating and improving their practice is the path that will lead us to the next stage. It doesn’t happen by accident. It’s a daily commitment to improving the learning outcomes of each child and an ongoing investment in the professional learning of every teacher. While the work isn’t always easy, the results are always worth the effort.
Since the best is here all around us, let’s share it, learn from it and answer the ‘where to next’ by raising the standards and status of the entire profession.
As always, thanks for reading and contributing to the blog – your comments shape my professional thinking. A safe and Merry Christmas.