Teach­ers’ re­quire­ments in re­mote schools tack­led

Pilbara News - - Education - Court­ney Fowler

■ More than 30 ed­u­ca­tional staff from across the Pil­bara at­tended the Re­mote Schools Teacher De­vel­op­ment Con­fer­ence in Port Hed­land last month.

The con­fer­ence fa­cil­i­tated by Port Hed­land and Bayn­ton West Pri­mary School tar­geted the needs of teach­ers work­ing in Re­mote Com­mu­nity Schools in the re­gion.

Key­note speak­ers from Kar­ratha, Port Hed­land, Onslow and the Pil­bara Re­gional Ed­u­ca­tion Of­fice shared their ex­per­tise in ar­eas such lit­er­acy, nu­mer­acy and in­te­grated in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy.

For­mer Bayn­ton West deputy prin­ci­pal Ben Jamieson said it was im­por­tant to tai­lor pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment for teach­ers in re­mote con­texts.

“We are very aware of the fact that teach­ing in a re­mote com­mu­nity school is very dif­fer­ent,” he said.

“A lot of pro­fes­sional learn­ing is not de­signed with that con­text in mind, so this was a good op­por­tu­nity to give a faceto-face, tai­lored de­vel­op­ment ses­sion.

“Teach­ers heard pre­sen­ta­tion on top­ics such as guided read­ing, English as an Ad­di­tional Lan­guage, work­ing ef­fec­tively with Abo­rig­i­nal ed­u­ca­tional of­fi­cers and us­ing in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy tools in a re­mote con­text.”

Mr Jamieson said he hoped the ses­sion would con­tinue as an an­nual event on the school cal­en­dar.

“The feed­back re­ceived from par­tic­i­pants was very pos­i­tive; they in­di­cated they would like to see the event con­tinue,” he said,

“In the mean­time, we have an ed­u­ca­tional depart­ment re­source, the Con­nect Com­mu­nity Online Fo­rum which has been cre­ated so par­tic­i­pants can con­tinue to share re­sources online.”

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