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Professional Learning

Suggestions for improved management

Reliable technology is important if teachers are to take risks. The principal of Brookvale Public School felt that the key to reliable technology was having sufficient staff time allocated to managing the resources. In addition the principal pointed out that time release for staff should include team teaching.

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I think one of the things that would be really, really useful is having sufficient release time to be able to manage the resources... The second one that I think would be really good would be to provide some funding so that people can go into the classroom and do some team teaching. (Teacher, Brookvale Public School)

Ongoing support

Continuous support for teachers is an important element in successful professional learning (for example see: Hawley & Valli, 1999; Lloyd & Cochrane, 2005). However, a teacher at Brookvale Public School argued that it is important to carefully select who is to give that support: "You actually need somebody who is perhaps more a good teacher and knows how to do some integration, than somebody who perhaps is brilliant at the technology" (Teacher, Brookvale Public School).

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We've got to remember that we are still learners as adults, and some of us take a long time to learn something. (Teacher, Brookvale Public School)

 

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