College – Issue 39

ACADEMIC Digging deeper for improved teaching and learning

College teachers are digging deeper into the pedagogy of teaching with the help of specialist consultant Tabitha Leonard. And 100 prompt cards are helping them take the first steps, inviting them to articulate their own values. In an effort to recognise their true personal values, Heads of Teaching

& Learning Warren Lidstone, Katie Southworth, Graeme Swanson and Melissa Campbell, and Assistant Principal – Curriculum Nicole Billante, have been exploring the values that drive each of them to teach, and the values that drive the manner in which they do so. “The big question is – do they align?” says Warren Lidstone, Head of Arts, Technology & Language for College’s Centre for Teaching Excellence & Research, who found the exercise confirmed what he had always regarded as his values.

“But it also explained to me why there is sometimes a gap between the students and the teacher.” Nicole says the idea of teaching as inquiry – to strive for continual improvement and to reflect on your performance and knowledge – is part of the New Zealand Curriculum and fundamental to ensuring success for all students. Auckland-based Tabitha Leonard, who formerly taught at Saint Kentigern College, now works alongside educational leaders and

Christ’s College Canterbury


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