From the Principal

Four Key Ways Education is Set to Change

15-Feb-2019

I had the pleasure of speaking to our Year 7 parents this week as their daughters begin the process of settling into high school. We all know the challenges and the wonderful opportunities secondary school offers and our girls are experiencing both extremes at this early stage of the year. One of the areas I touched on during my talk was our changing educational environment. I referred to an interview with RMIT School of Education Professor, Tricia McLaughlin about four key ways education is set change in the near future.

Tricia identifies the following changes that she identifies as key to a contemporary education.

 


1. Connectedness, collaboration and co-creation

McLaughlin believes that methodologies involving teachers standing in front of a room full of students who listen and respond to direction is increasingly a thing of the past. She also believes that, while not an entirely new approach, student learning spaces will replace the typical classroom that we know today. This will see students become partners or co-creators of their own learning. Similarly, experiences that allow collaboration, communication and teamwork for all students are increasingly happening beyond classroom walls.

2. Anywhere, anytime learning 

For today’s students a world of information is at their fingertips with the click of a button or a simple voice command. As technology continues to advance, students need to grow their learning with it. Technology is no longer a motivating factor when it comes to learning – it is a must. It’s something that needs to be incorporated in the future of education to ensure students are equipped with the skills to cope in a world dependent on technology.

3. Customisation for a learner-first approach

Alongside our changing notions of what constitutes a classroom, McLaughlin insists that our ideas about the way teaching is delivered must also be reshaped. She says the old ‘one model of teaching and learning fits all’ is outdated and has no place on the agenda for future education. Teachers need to become facilitators of learning and students need to be given more control of their own learning journey.

4. Putting testing to the test

McLaughlin poses the question “what are we testing for?” Students today are heavily focused on the end result – achieving that high ATAR score, receiving a distinction in class, excelling in tests. Education of the future will prove what we have all been told many times before: results do not define us. Measures of success need to be relevant to student progress and be an integrated part of the learning process. Assessments in the future will be evidence based, and will use measures that allow learning plans to be drawn up and personalised.

Teaching and learning already extends well beyond the classroom and will continue to do so, and as education changes to suit the future’s needs, the role of a teacher must also adapt and grow. It is each teacher’s responsibility to empower students to take risks, be innovative and seize any opportunity thrown their way. We have an exciting time ahead in education and each of us is challenged to embrace it.

Have a great weekend.

Dr Pitt

Principal

 


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