The powerful role a teacher plays in the life school communities and in the lives of students is a central premise of Dr James Pietsch’s book Character Reborn: A philosophy of Christian Education. Helpfully he offers the reader, particularly Christian educators, answers to to the to the broader purpose of education and the formation of students.
Anglican EdComm and St Andrew’s Cathedral School presented an inaugural seminar ‘Finding Balance and Meeting the Challenges’ on May 2, and the topics offered were shaped by advice from current education students at various universities.
The purpose of the evening was to prepare and support pre-service teachers as they apply and interview for teaching positions, and consider how they will integrate their faith and work for the growth of the gospel.
We need to talk about resilience. The term’s been around for a long time, well, at least for a couple of decades in education. Perhaps it has been around long enough to be taken for granted. The focus of the recent EdComm Conference was on Resilient Teaching. I asked some of the attendees how familiar they were with the term. Some said they’d been thinking about it as an individual but it was not a topic that had received much attention at their school. Others said they were having lively debates with their fellow teachers about the relevance of resilience (and wellness) and had registered for the conference to find out what Dr Donald Guthrie had to say about it. In fact, three respondents from different schools said that their principals had sponsored up to a dozen staff to attend the conference with a view to promoting informed discourse and practical action with the rest of the staff on their return.