Communication is vital to learning experience

10 May 2017

James SlomanThe communication between parents, their children and their teachers is an important part of the learning relationship. Traditionally this has been limited to parent/teacher interviews and formal report cards several times during the year. While this has served us well in the past we are moving to what we describe as progressive reporting where students and their teachers can exchange drafts and feedback on assessment regularly and in real time. The additional benefit is that parents can be copied into this exchange of feedback. The trials we are running across both Colleges are proving to be a positive process, however it can never replace the verbal feedback to check for understanding and to provide teaching ‘moments’ to add to learning.

It is important to note that while we are trialling this not every child may be participating in this trial. It is important that once we collate our findings and learn from this that we set in place appropriate systems to embed progressive reporting as a natural part of teaching and learning at the Moreton Bay Colleges.

At recent assemblies with students I have been talking about the fact that “safe and happy children can learn!” The focus is when children feel supported, loved and cared about they are more likely to feel safe. They also should feel that if a conflict or a problem arises they can share this with their parents and school staff. As well, they can expect a calm, mature and firm response from their parents and from the College.

We are indeed very fortunate to have the College culture we do. The social and emotional wellbeing of our children is exceptional when compared to national data. The fact remains however, that we are working with children and they need to learn respectful behaviour, digital manners, dignified grace and assertiveness. Between home and school parents and teachers we can work together to achieve this.

James Sloman
Executive Principal

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