Recalibrating the Thinking-Doing Balance for Educators

An excellent reflection on an article in the SMH that looked at the pressures placed on teachers and schools in 2017. Schools need to think creatively about how they can use the available time to help our teachers continue to develop their skills. At St Clare’s this is one of the most important aspects of our Professional Development program for staff. Ours is not a ‘one size fits all’ model. Our Leadership Team are conscious of getting the balance right so our staff are getting PD that targets their individual needs.

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Why up to half of all Australian teachers are quitting within five years

I read this article with concern. It asserts that the work load for young teachers leaves no time for ‘a life’ and there needs to be a greater allocation for planning and collaboration with colleagues within the school day. Now, my own generational peers may tut-tut and say ‘this is the working life, get used to it’, but 2017 is a very different world, with different expectations and accountabilities than when I started out in the 1980s. shutterstock_151700231.jpgOf course, as a primary school teacher in the 80s and 90s, I worked in the evenings preparing, marking and writing reports,. However, back then parents of my students didn’t have a 24/7 email hotline directly to me and there weren’t the pressures of high stakes testing throughout the years of school (Grades 3, 5, 7, and 9 in Australia)…

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