2014 Action Plan Goal 2

Support teachers engaging in professional learning by developing and maintaining a well-resourced and diverse collection of relevant and timely resources, with a particular emphasis on Information and Communication Technologies

Undertake a wide range of professional reading and include relevant digital resources and links on myLibrary teachers blog.
Maintain contacts with professional bodies and networks such as ALIA Schools; SLAQ and Cotlibs, in order to keep informed about key news, resources and events.
Present to colleagues at a staff development meeting.

ATSIL standards this goal addresses
Know content and how to teach it.

College priorities this goal addresses:
Effective use of Information Communication & Technology (ICT) to extend and refine teaching, learning and assessment.

Achievement
A supportive and professional myLibrary Teachers blog that provides a wealth of ideas and activities for teachers, particularly in the area of Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

2014 Action Plan Goal 1

To develop a partnership in curriculum development.

Attend RE curriculum meetings and liaise with Head of Religion to assist in the development of the new Religious Education curriculum.
Keep abreast of, and purchase resources that are being developed for the Year 7 Australian Curriculum for Heads of KLA to peruse.
Once units are developed, investigate and purchase both online and print resources to support new units, both teacher resources and library resources for research.

ATSIL standards this goal addresses:
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Engage professionally with colleagues.

College priorities this goal addresses:
Unit development and resourcing of Year 7 programs and Australian Curriculum areas utilising the Dimensions of Learning Framework.
Australian Curriculum Phase 1 subjects and Religious Education – unit reflection, evaluation and ongoing resource development.

Achievement
Well resourced units for the Australian Curriculum Phase 1 subjects and Religious Education, that support the work teachers undertake in the classroom.

Encouraging failure

We have been talking lately about how students can learn a great deal from failure, when encouraged and how constant success can in fact do more harm than good. David Dockterman in this article, Three Ways to Foster Productive Failure provides some suggestions for encouraging productive failure in the classroom.
Three ways to foster productive failure

Blog changes

Following a recent staff meeting on AITSL standards and our REAP documents, I have decided to adapt my blog to reflect these requirements of my job. I have started a new blog for teacher resources under the banner of our myLibrary webpage – the home page for the St Rita’s College library and it is here that I will post new resources that teachers may find useful. I had already commenced a blog on this page for library news and new resources for students, myLibrary blog, so the teacher’s blog is a natural extension. A link to the myLibrary Teachers’ blog can be found on the teachers’ page of myLibrary. The student blog is in a more prominent position on the home page. Feel free to follow if interested. My blog will also include particular posts of interest to the field of school librarianship. The changes to my blog will take place over the coming weeks.

You’ve been misled on boat people : here are the facts

Barrister and human rights advocate Julian Burnside says foreign minister Bob Carr is misrepresenting the facts on asylum seekers. He points out the asylum seekers do not commit any offence by coming here. Under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights every person has the right to seek asylum in any territory they can reach. It is a dismal reflection of the state of politics that Mr Morrison frequently refers to asylum seekers arriving by boat as “illegals”. He knows it is a blatant lie, but he also knows that it works.
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Here are the facts