7.4 Engage with professional teaching networks and broader communities

guest-speaker-microphone7.4.1 Understand the role of external professionals and community representatives in broadening teachers’ professional knowledge and practice

I was fortunate enough at Bishop Tyrell to be involved in some staff development training. The school had engaged Mark Treadwell, a well-known educator, who has developed a comprehensive learning framework for some staff personal development.

Over a 12-month period he has been delivering a series of presentations as well as working closely with staff to better understand how students best learn. The particular talk that I was privy too on my practicum focused largely on reducing teacher workload. He believes that quality educators are leaving the profession due to the excessive workload. He identified marking as a major time factor and so his main suggestion for decreasing our workload was to get the students to mark their peers work. He believes that if we invested time into giving students the tools they require to critique their peers work then it will not only ease the load on teachers but also increase their own quality of work.

His talk was interesting and I could see great merit in his suggestions. I believe the staff I spoke to see value in his experience and knowledge.

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