Lessons still to learn

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By SO­PHIE GABRIELLE

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.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d444069

Shen­ton Col­lege prin­ci­pal Mike Mor­gan has re­turned from a study tour of the United States.

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