How three campuses move from their current reality to preferred future!
At the end of 2017 the leadership Good Shepherd Lutheran College Darwin identified the need to develop a coherent approach to the teaching and learning of mathematics across the three JS campuses which aligned with their pedagogical learning framework.
In 2018 the pedagogical leadership team developed a conceptual curriculum document which would support teachers to take an inquiry stance. The staff began to develop their understanding of inquiry and mathematics through targeted PD, encouraged by leaders to take risks, and engage students as mathematicians. Lead teachers were provided with extra professional learning opportunities to further challenge and develop their thinking and expertise.
So, at the start of a new year, where to next? The senior leadership team from the campuses met to review the purposes and identify achievements and areas for further development. Agency and Inquiry emerged as priorities, taking into consideration the high number of staff new to the college.
Last week the curriculum leaders and teacher leaders spent a day developing a common understanding of inquiry and its relationship to learning mathematics. Many inspiring stories were shared about the impact of this approach already in their classrooms.
To identify personal, year level and campus goals for the coming weeks they used systems thinking identifying their Current Reality (Events, Behaviors, Systems, and Mental Models) before exploring their Preferred Future, using the same framework. As a result, each of the participants were able to identify short, and long-term goals. Goals included: establishing norms to develop a positive learning culture, students establishing and testing theories, all member of the teaching team having ownership of the learning, and for the curriculum coordinators a refocus for all staff on inquiry and agency.
The professional support and collaboration between colleagues from the three campuses was inspiring as they engaged in generative dialogue co-creating the individual and whole school focus for 2019.
Educational Leadership Director