I was lucky to join a panel on ABC’s Life Matters program, to ‘sort fact and fiction on the teaching profession.’
When entry requirements for education degrees seem too low or school student results are lacklustre, questions get asked about the health of the teaching profession. But do great marks in high school always make for a brilliant teacher?
Life Matters talks to Griffith University Dean of Education, Professor Donna Pendergast, and Melbourne University Fellow Dr Bronwyn Hinz, with Pivot Professional Development, about the best ways to find and support great teachers, so they can help school children achieve their best. Greg McMahon, Principal at Doveton College, also shares his thoughts on the qualities of a really great teacher.
I spoke about the need to better value and support teachers at all stages of their careers, affirming them in their expertise and sophisticated skill sets for their complex profession, and growing this expertise and skill through more time, collaboration and better information as part of continued professional learning responding to the students they work with and changing complexities of their job. Teaching would also benefit from a ‘talent management’ approach taken by other professions, such as medicine, law and finance, from recruitment, to advancement, retainment, which means not focussing only on selection, but also providing the necessary supports and mentoring, respect, reward, and affirmation of their expertise, to keep this talent in our schools to share with students and colleagues.