Recently, members of our teaching and learning staff participated in a Contemporary Learning Tour (CLT) across South-East Queensland. Visiting 8 different schools over three days, the tour provided an opportunity for our staff to exchange ideas, observe different classroom practices, explore alternative teaching and learning environments – and bring some new ideas to their own practice here at Faith.
At Faith, we aim to be a community that prepares, equips and empowers lifelong learners.
To be a lifelong learner is to be prepared to engage with new ideas, new perspectives and new approaches, and to continue on a journey of learning across the lifespan — a journey that extends far beyond the completion of formal education.
While these are qualities we are always looking to grow in our students, we also encourage our staff to engage in lifelong learning, and to take opportunities and participate in professional development activities that improve their own teaching and learning practices.
Visiting 8 schools across three days, and organised by Lutheran Education, the recent Contemporary Learning Tour provided an opportunity for four of our teaching staff to learn from their peers, and to bring what they have learned back to Faith, to help continuously improve our teaching and learning.
The tour, which visited Living Faith Primary, Bethania Primary, Fortitude Valley State Secondary College, Silkwood Independent School, Trinity Lutheran (Senior school), LORDS, Faith Redlands, and St. Paul’s Primary, focused on insights to inform Contemporary Learning practices. Joined by a number of educators from other LEQ schools, the group was guided through a number of different learning environments and invited to engage in rich discussions with representatives from each school, diving into pedagogy, curriculum and innovative approaches to student engagement – including the implementation of Project Based Learning, team teaching and individualised learning pathways through vertical structures and timetables.
While some of these concepts and ideas are already beginning to be implemented at Faith, having an opportunity to observe the possibilities and end results in more established schools was both inspirational and aspirational, with the staff attending reporting back on the experience with a large amount of positivity and energy.
More tours are planned in the future, including opportunities for staff to visit a number of exciting and innovative schools in Melbourne later in 2021, as Faith continues to invest in the professional development of staff, and works continuously to provide the best possible education and facilities for our students.