St Mary’s Primary School Casino principal John O’Brien
St Mary’s Primary School Casino principal John O’Brien

Your Story: Learning and education for the 21st century

EDUCATION has changed greatly over the last few years and will continue to do so.

As educators, we must stay in front of the 'game' to ensure we are giving our students great choice and opportunity in life when they leave school.

To ensure we are providing optimal learning, our teachers ask these four questions each day:

What should students know and be able to do?

How will we know students have learned it?

How will we structure learning experiences to ensure students learn?

How will we respond when students do not learn it or when they already know it?

We do this every day as we want to ensure each child is receiving the best learning for them.

Schools all over the world group children by their age in classes.

We know that this does not mean that children at the same age develop academically, physically, social, emotionally and spiritually at the same rate.

Our challenge as educators today is to provide learning that caters for these differences.

No longer do we set the same task or have the same learning intentions or success criteria for each student.

We attempt to cater for all needs to ensure learning is explicit, purposeful, relevant and meaningful.

This is the difficult challenge we are setting ourselves as educators in the 21st Century.

The expectations we have are very high, as we believe setting these high standards, with transparent pathways, allows students greater success.

Teachers gather in Learning Teams to ask these four questions as they work towards providing the best learning for all students.



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