Life-long learning

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


 ‘Life-long learning’ – what does it really mean? Staff at RJ are certainly aware of this essential virtue. We endeavour to practise what we encourage others to consider.

During our mid-year student vacation, RJ staff had three days of very fruitful professional learning. Teachers updated their knowledge and increased their skills. At some points it took teachers out of their comfort zones. Visiting presenters facilitated workshops in Mathematics and Writing for Primary teachers. The teachers also collaboratively reviewed their students’ learning outcomes for semester 2, together with assessment and reporting processes. Secondary teachers learnt more about the powerful digital integration tool called CANVAS, which enables a clearer view of the learning journey being mapped-out and which allows for 24 hours a day remote access. They also increased their understanding of LANSchool, promoting greater student accountability for their computer usage.

 

Inspiring exemplars of life-long learning being followed through: to study and discuss the latest pedagogical literature; to challenge and assist one another to become increasingly effective educators; and to purposefully collaborate in response to a regularly evolving curriculum.

 

An attitude of taking risks to seek improvement is encouraged in God’s Word. Looking for learning opportunities can also grow one’s character. For instance, being prepared to learn from my mistakes provides great lessons for me. How are you going with daily learning opportunities as they present themselves? May I encourage you to take them on.

 

Jesus is a fantastic example. He said, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart… my yoke is easy and my burden is light”.’ (Matthew 11: 29-30)