At the 2011 VicSRC Congress, students decided to develop a student-run professional development course for teachers about learning styles. They decided that the VicSRC should establish a ‘Teach the Teacher’ training course for individual SRCs to enact at their schools.
The VicSRC Executive team looked at the Teach the Teacher idea and extended the concept to not only cover learning styles, but also learning environments and wider school communities.
The training course has become a series of in-school professional development sessions, where students and teachers work to find solutions that affect students’ learning and the ways they learn. The VicSRC Executive initiated and tested this approach over a year, addressing
- what the course would include
- how to pitch it to the school decision makers
- what to do with the outcomes of the discussions
- how to document results to ensure all schools can utilise the resources and adapt it to their own school
The first official Teach the Teacher was held at Melbourne Girls’ College, in 2011. All teachers participated and their responses were very positive and have continued to run further sessions every year since. Teach the Teacher is now an integral part of Melbourne Girls’ College’s strategic planning. Students at Bundoora Secondary College soon followed in offering their own Teach the Teacher session in 2012.
Dozens of schools have now come on board, and we aim to have Teach the Teacher running all across Victoria by 2017.
Edison Ponari, SRC, Bundoora Secondary College
Denara Amat, SRC, Melbourne Girls’ College