The Teaching Learning team collaboratively work together to lead and support building the capability of teachers to improve student thinking and learning, in the focus areas of Curriculum, Pedagogy, Reading and Writing.
World Economic Forum, predicts that by 2020, 21st century skills; including critical thinking, creativity and complex problem-solving will be the most sought after skills required for the changing job market (Rifkin, 2017; Schwab, 2016).
If teachers, as leaders of learning, are to effectively meet the needs of 21st century learners in our schools – we need to inspire as lifelong learners, to be critical thinkers and who team collaborators are, create, knowledge together and committed to lifelong learning. Teachers need to demonstrate the same virtues and attributes in learning communities and that enable them to develop their own pedagogical expertise (Bull&Gilbert.2012; Robertson.2005).
The Teaching Learning Team work in a professional learning team to use data and latest evidence-based practice to support building the pedagogical expertise of teachers. Our Big 5 and Spotlight guide the precision in our work to engage in cycles of inquiry. From supporting teachers in the classroom, to designing professional learning and supporting teams to design engaging learning experiences aligned to curriculum and with success of every student in mind.
In 2020, we have relaunched IMPACT as VALE IMPACT - a school-wide framework. IMPACT, as a pedagogical teaching and learning framework, has six elements: Inspire, Model, Practise, Apply, Connect and Transform. Under each element are concepts and related strategies for effective teaching and learning that are chosen by Helensvale teachers and are evidence-based. It's all about the right approach, at the right time, for the right type of learning.