Lessons still to learn
STUDENTS need to have a voice in their own education, says Shenton College principal Mike Morgan.
Mr Morgan has returned from an educational tour of the US as part of his Churchill Fellowship and said using student surveys to evaluate the performance of teachers would help facilitate a better culture in schools.
“Surveys provide feedback to the teachers on the structure of the lesson and the knowledge gained. Schools shouldn’t only be a place for students to learn,” he said.
“It’s important to have evaluation but it’s more important to have reflection.”
Mr Morgan said he found the experience of studying research by the Gates Foundation in Seattle into the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project very rewarding.
He said the project was designed to determine if effective teaching could be measured.
“Australia has the opportunity to leapfrog over the US and the research they’ve done; we can go beyond accountability,” Mr Morgan said.
Mr Morgan has presented his report to the corporate executive of the Education Department, the Metropolitan Network of Principals, the Independent Public Schools Advisory Group and the State School Teachers’ Union at the WA School Leaders Forum.
“I believe that teacher reflection, pre-service teaching, teacher certification, teacher accreditation and teacher evaluation would all benefit from an Australia-wide online video portal for recording and observing lessons,” he said.
Shenton College principal Mike Morgan has returned from a study tour of the United States.