Emily Floyd Exhibition

New beginnings

I always love the opportunities new beginnings offer you and this week my new beginning was starting at a new school. Usually a time of trepidation and nerves I found myself full of excitement and a sense of feeling like I was truly at home. Instead of the agenda for the first day being full of protocols, check boxes, lists of things to do and timetables, my first two days was spent at the school conference, two days focused on learning and teaching, pedagogy and the teacher as a researcher.

From the first few minutes my head was spinning with thoughts, reflections and questions.  The perfect beginning in my mind as I am provoked by those around me and challenged in my thinking, setting the scene for the year ahead both as a teacher and an inquirer.

The conference was made up of a series of presentations such as those which looked at theory, philosophy of learning, the educational environment and assessment. We also heard from different teachers as they shared their own research and past inquiries with students. The most confronting activity for me was when we listed different types of assessment and categorised them according to the learning theory area they aligned with, behaviourist, constructivist or cultural historical. It was interesting to see how I use learning theory to drive my teaching but this had not crossed to assessment.

Our morning back at school after the conference started with a visit to the National Gallery Victoria where we had an opportunity to look through the Emily Floyd Exhibition and meet the Melbourne based artist who uses education and knowledge as themes in her work. Using this as a chance to create our own provocations as educators we stepped through the exhibitions and analysed some of the pieces. It provided a unique opportunity to have another lens with which to view our educational lives and put ourselves in the shoes of learners as well as using it as inspiration for our professional work.

Emily Floyd Exhibition

After two days away with my peers I was able to get a real sense of belonging and by the time we headed back into school on Friday I felt part of a team that was passionate and inspired, ready to challenge each other as professionals to provide authentic and rich learning experiences for students.

 

8 thoughts on “New beginnings”

  1. Congratulations Mel. What a fabulous way to start the new chapter. I too started at a new school and had similar feelings.
    All the best for the remainder of the year. :-)

  2. Hi Mel,

    I always find it interesting to hear how different schools use their Curriculum Days. We are afforded so few opportunities to spend time together as a staff to work, discuss and collaborate that I find it amazing they are used for activities where we work in issolation.

    Sounds like your new school really values the opportunity for this collaboration and reflection.

    Looking forward to hearing more about your experiences next week at the TeachMeet.

    Scott.

  3. Sounds like an exciting start at your new school Mel. I hope it continues to keep you challenged and inspired. Look forward to hearing how things are going down the track. Toby

    1. Thanks, Toby. It has been a huge start to the year and I can’t wait to share all of the great stuff that is going on. Hope your year has started well.

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