Today was my first true school-wide PD session, where a consultant came to school to introduce us to the concept of schools as Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). There was a lot of information given (in the typical sit-and-get style of PD, but not surprising with 300 staff) and so I’m sure that it’ll take a fair bit of time to digest the ideas. However, there were certainly a few ideas that I took away from our session:
- The focus of everything we do needs to be on the students’ learning, not just on our teaching or the day to day to-do list. If we don’t have their learning as our ultimate goal, then we short-change our kids.
- Schools need to have a systemic approach to supporting students in their learning so they don’t fall through the cracks, regardless of why.
- We need to put more effort into students’ success in learning than they ever could to fail.
Success isn’t all about marks, scores or Band 6s in the HSC; as far as I’m concerned, it’s all about growth. We educate the whole child, and each student is more than a grade on a school report. It is imperative that they feel safe and secure in their school environment, but they are also capable of achieving great things in this life!