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Inspired Teaching

The Mulgrave Learning and Teaching Principles

Purpose:

Inspired and effective student learning is central to our mission and sits at the heart of our strategic planning and our educational and operational decision making. This list of core principles articulates what Mulgrave School believes constitutes high quality learning. It is intended to:

  • Provide a clear articulation of the core principles of learning and teaching and ‘classroom’ practice to which all teachers at Mulgrave aspire

  • Support the dialogue amongst teachers in their journey from being good practitioners to outstanding practitioners

  • Provide a tool for teachers to review and develop their own practice as part of their ongoing professional growth and improvement through the TPGP process

  • Form the basis for the Looking for Learning classroom observation practices in the school

Definition of Learning:

Learning is the transformative process in which conceptual understanding, personal development, skill enhancement and knowledge acquisition combine to help learners construct meaning. It is an active process, featuring dialogue and holistic engagement, that enables learners to make sense of the world by connecting new and existing ideas.

These core principles describe the key characteristics of high quality learning at Mulgrave. We continuously aspire to create an environment where:

  1. Learners experience close, supportive and respectful relationships with their teachers and peers.
  2. Learners thrive in an environment that is emotionally, intellectually and physically safe, where risk-taking and supported failure are seen as necessary developmental steps to improvement. 
  3. Learners experience a range of learning and teaching methodologies and resources that engage, motivate and inspire them to learn effectively and enjoy the learning experience.
  4. Learners have increasing agency in their learning, including having voice, choice and ownership about what, how and where they learn.
  5. Learners receive ongoing feedback about their learning that is timely, specific and leads to future growth.
  6. Learners feel individually challenged at an appropriate level that helps them build on prior learning and achieve further success.
  7. Learners readily connect new learning with previous knowledge, concepts and skills.
  8. Learners understand the purpose of their learning and see how their learning is preparing them for success.
  9. Learners have ample opportunities to practice and apply their learning in real world contexts.
  10. Learners have regular opportunities to collaborate with and learn from others.