Why were you interested in participating?

The ASMS has been leading the professional learning program that supports the ATIP program over the past 4 years. This Expo is a chance for participants to share the outcomes of their work and professional learning.

The ASMS also participates in the annual Expo’s, this year our focus was on how working in our teaching teams provides opportunities for teaching staff to develop their professional capacity as described in the Aust Professional Standards for Teachers.

What happened at the event and what did you do?

The Expo was scheduled over 3 main 75 min sessions, with each school being allocated a time slot to share their journey. Schools were asked to nominate for one of the following as their focus:

  • Links to the Australian Curriculum
  • Learning tasks designed as inquiry rich
  • Opportunities to develop professional capacity as outlined in APST

What connections have you made with what you learnt and your work?

Our work in supporting teaching teams to collaboratively design learning tasks clearly provides multiple opportunities for staff to not only develop but also demonstrate their skills in many of the Focus Areas of the APST.

Andy & Karen’s alignment of the activities commonly undertaken in CS Teams with the APST affirmed that team work is a great way for teachers to work!

This was also supported by Henley HS presentation which also outlined connections made in their performance and development plan to both APSTeachers and the APSPrincipals in the case of Leaders and aspiring leaders.

Useful resources you picked up from the event

Fremont Elizabeth HS had designed a STEAM program incorporating Art into the science, tech & maths program with the learning task being to design and make a kinetic art object.

They used art in our environment as inspiration for the program and I am keen to explore this a bit more. It was a challenge presented to students so perhaps something like that could be used in our Challenge Based Learning program in 2015 or in our Adventure Space.

Other Reflections

Some fabulous outcomes of the ATIP program were clearly on display at the Expo, how to capture these as indication of the impact of the program on teacher practice and student learning outcomes and levels of engagement is indeed a challenge yet an important one. What have we learned as system about what it takes to change practice in our schools, and how can we collect this in such a way as to inform our future work, are important questions.