Each year, early career teachers in our LESNW schools have the opportunity to come together to grow their understanding of what it means to be a teacher in a Lutheran school. A long-term initiative of the Primary Leaders Group, the day focusses on what is unique about teaching and learning in our schools – approached through the lens of Growing Deep.
This year the Vocational Practices elements of Growing Deep were the centre of attention as participants explored the Excellence in Learning, Strengthening Lutheran Identity and Community Building areas of ‘what leaders do’. The engagement and professional conversation evident in the room was highly encouraging and speaks positively to the future of teaching and learning in our schools.
The ‘voices of experience’ for the day were provided by Lisa Flannery (Immanuel PS) and Nicolette McClure (Concordia College, St John’s campus) who each presented their philosophy and practice in building strong community in the classroom and beyond to the wider school community. With so many valuable practical ideas, this was a great opportunity to identify how Growing Deep informs not just philosophy but also the ‘action’.
If you have a teacher in mind that would benefit, it is worth noting that ‘early careers’ teachers are not simply ‘commencement’ teachers and the day has real value for any teacher in the first few years of working in a Lutheran learning community.