Those of you who follow me on Twitter or Facebook will, I have no doubt, have spotted the amount of talking I’ve been doing about my newest project – ReflectGrowth.com.
This is something that I’ve been considering getting going for a number of years and I am very, very excited to see it beginning to come to life. I have been through many cultural changes in relation to my career as a teacher. Teaching here is a very different game to what I experienced in the UK. However, recently, there have been many things on the horizon for Australian teachers which seem to be common practice in the UK:
NationalAustralian Curriculum Quality TeachingAustralian Professional Standards for Teachers Lesson Observation CycleClassroom Practice Continuum
It’s been really interesting to see how these changes affect things for my new colleagues and it’s been fantastic to be able to offer support as these changes are rolled out. It’s also been interesting to see how these, somewhat familar, tools, protocols and frameworks are received and responded to.
Reflect Growth has come out of my desire to learn from my experiences working with documents like those mentioned above. It’s come from understanding of assessment in teaching and learning and my realisation that we really ought to be applying the same pedagogical processes to our own learning and teaching professional development. The main reason we don’t or can’t is because we simply do not have time to do so. Reflect Growth which will eventually operate as an App and software as a service platform, will go some way to solving that problem for us.
If you haven’t’ already, can I invite you to read the blog post I wrote over on reflectgrowth’s site. It will explain, in much more detail, what we’re trying to achieve. I hope that you can see as much value in our aim as we can and that you’ll consider joining us to create something really powerful and engaging that puts our learning as teachers first.
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