Before the school term commenced, we welcomed Adjunct Prof. Erica Mc William to Glennie for a teaching professional development session, ‘Collaboration Learning for Creative Outcomes: First Day, First Class’. Erica’s career has involved four decades as an Australian secondary teacher, teacher educator and writer, moving from two decades in the schooling sector to a professorial role as an educational leader in the Queensland University of Technology, Australia, and in Singapore at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang University. She is now a Fellow of the Australian Council of Educators and an Associate Fellow of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.
Erica focussed on how effective teachers build and sustain a genuinely collaborative learning culture in their classrooms from their very first encounter with their students at the beginning of the school year. She guided teachers through a range of pedagogical techniques and protocols for placing dynamic peer-with-peer collaboration at the centre of the inquiry-oriented learning environment.
We thank Erica for her time today and know the content of today’s session will resonate with our teachers as they prepare to welcome their students into classrooms for 2019 ‘Be the Reason’.