My recollection and learning from a significant pedagogical leadership experience has occurred this year at my current work place and is an ongoing experience. Currently I teach at Roxby Downs Area School (RDAS) in the far north of South Australia. Roxby Downs Area School is located in the heart of the Roxby Downs Township and caters for Years R-12. It shares facilities with the local TAFE including the Desert Trade Training Centre (DESTTC). Over the last 8 years I have taught at the Area School across R-12 and currently teach secondary Art and I am the Middle School coordinator.
Over the past few years my focus at the school has been improving the senior secondary and more recently the Middle school. I am a member of the site improvement teams for both the middle and senior school. The purpose of this recollection is to discuss and …show more content…
A plan was drawn up by the site improvement team which caters for students who may miss out on a lot of work in a traditional classroom (See Appendix B). The idea is that teachers will teach a project day and it will run over a full school day. The shift allows teachers to move away from the traditional timetable and look at a new way of learning. TAFE days will still run however students will not miss out on as much work.
In an article by Tucker (2016), she highlights the need for more class time for students to research, discuss, and share findings. If we want students to develop crucial life skills and finding and evaluating information, communicating and collaborating with peers we need to provide them with the time. The more relaxed a student is in a learning environment, the more open the brain is to taking in information (Tucker, 2016). The shift to project days will allow teachers to create learning environments that will be flexible and cater to the needs of young developing adults.