Last week 26 Educators from Across Queensland, Victoria and South Australia engaged in a Secondary School Focussed Learning Tour.
They examined and workshopped, Contemporary Pedagogy, Senior Pathways, Teacher Teaming, Supporting Structures, Flexible Timetabling, Innovative Learning Spaces, Development of Soft Skills, Transdisciplinary Learning, vertical electives, removing subject departments, removing ATAR pressure and much more. Rich collaboration and cohesion during the informal discussions has enabled constructive scheming across many of these Lutheran Schools to further enable their contemporary transformation.
“I loved the probing and small pushes. We as teachers are too set in our ways and we need to be pushed to see outside the narrative we’ve created for ourselves. Without those questions to move us beyond that we’ve always perceived we can be trapped to think we cannot.”
“My sincerest gratitude and thanks to you both Kim and Derek. Congratulations on such a wonderful, thoughtful and significant educational learning tour. “
“Thank you so much for your time and effort in making us think, reflect and grow as teachers. Much appreciated.”
“ Thank you for an amazing trip. Looking forward to seeing what comes next with all our ideas and hard work”
“Thanks … what a trip. I really enjoyed it and am appreciative for all the effort you both put in.”
“Thanks guys for making it happen. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and connecting with new people.”
“I loved the starship (van) time and the ideas from others in different stages of the journey.”
“I loved the pace and the schools presented would like to have another opportunity this year Term 3 to take key stakeholders on the developed vision of where we need to move forward.”
“Worked well: Consistent ‘message’ across all schools.”
More learnings will be shared over the next few weeks. Many thanks to all who participated and especially a big thanks to Faith Lutheran College Redlands and Faith Lutheran College – Plainland who ran many sessions and Good News Lutheran Primary School and Autens International who hosted a workshop. And a big thanks to Hillcrest College and Silkwood School for their commitment and work in supporting Lutheran Schools during this tour.