The Future of Teaching workshop
What does teaching look like when the only constant is change?
This was the central theme of a two-day workshop for teachers across the Limestone Coast co-developed by eNVIsion Limestone Coast and Mount Gambier High School, one of five entrepreneurial specialist schools in SA.
Research from the Foundation for Young Australians reveals that 58 percent of students and 71 percent of vocational education students are on a career path that may disappear or be fundamentally rerouted as new technology emerges.
Research suggests that education is not always translating into high-value jobs for students, with employers consistently reporting skills shortages and a need for better development of capabilities around problem solving, creativity and communication. To respond to this new normal, students are now expected to be innovative and entrepreneurial.
Teachers from eleven different schools and educational institutions in the Limestone Coast came together on 2-3 July for Future of Teaching workshop to consider how this context affects modern day teaching practice. They reflected on the need to facilitate students’ learning experiences in a way that allowed them to find and play to their unique interests and strengths. They also discussed balancing content and curriculum with opportunities for developing creativity and collaboration. Looking beyond the school gates to develop connections with the community and business was another one of many topics explored.
“It was a privilege to share and listen to the stories of educators who are already grappling in intelligent and caring ways with existing and growing demands,” says facilitator Rob Chalmers, Flinders Senior Lecturer in Innovation & Entrepreneurship. “Assisting teachers to develop and share best practice is key to enabling them to do the best by students and position them for future success.”
“The education system needs to produce problem finders, not just problem solvers, and needs to create both job seekers and job makers,” says Callena Rawlings, eNVIsion Limestone Coast Regional Manager, speaking about how the future impacts teachers’ practice and the workshop’s aim of supporting teachers in response.
The Collaborative Learning Centre based in Mount Gambier High School, is going to continue to bring entrepreneurial and innovative thinking to the Limestone Coast region. It will hold more professional development workshops for people of industry in the Limestone Coast. This also includes entrepreneurial students as well, ensuring that the region is trained and ready for future industries.
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