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Inside Teaching : June 2010
Inside Teaching | June 2010 20 10 THINGS I'VE LEARNED... Ideally, there's a shared understanding, among the whole school community, of articulated values and learning goals that are reflected in the attitudes, attributes and behaviour of everyone in that school community. 2 Know your students as people and as learners, and let them know you value them. Allow time to get to know each student as you would a friend, building trust but maintaining a professional distance. Build a class culture of recognising and valuing everyone's strengths so that everyone can use those strengths to help each other. shapes the sort of people and the sort of society we will have in the future. Education involves the delivery of challenging programs, evidence-based teaching and rigorous assessment. It involves making connections between learning areas to better understand how the world works and our place in it. Education is about the development of self value and capacity through worthwhile achievement, rewarding relationships with others, and having a set of embedded values to guide us in leading a satisfying life. 1 As a touchstone for your teaching practice, formulate a clear personal understanding of what education means. My personal understanding is that education is about both training in fundamental skills and teaching for understanding. Education is less about training children to conform to a predetermined outcome and more about nurturing compassionate, skilled, knowledgeable and inquiring young people, who are able to think for themselves, make decisions for themselves and apply their knowledge not only to finding rewarding jobs but also to finding creative solutions to local and global challenges. Education FRANCES UNDERWOOD has learned plenty in a lifetime of teaching and, as the wife of the Governor of Tasmania, she continues to teach, in Government House and beyond. 10 things I've learned about teaching