2015 saw Mount Waverley Secondary College involved in the Teach the Teacher program for the first time. Here they talk about their program from the very beginning.
What is Teach the Teacher for us?
Teach the Teacher is an initiative that gives us the opportunity to work with our teachers to improve the learning environment. It enables us to create positive change in the school community and allows us to strengthen student-teacher relationships through student-led conversation. This program is a school-based professional development program for teachers, run by students, which aims to clarify student voice to maximize teaching and learning, and enhance communication, trust and respect.
The Teach the Teacher Committee consists of nine Student Leaders: Year 12 Prefects: Netania Lim (Leader of TTT) and Rose Han, and Year 11 Student Leaders: Sanjna Chandra, Mihika De Bruyne, Tim Li Huang, Liz Chiem, Madu Balashanmugan, Shivani Thiyagarajah and Chester Ngan. We will also work closely with the Year 9, 10, 11 and 12 Student Leadership teams.
What is our goal?
Our goal as the Teach the Teacher Committee is to strengthen student-teacher relationships and also to maximise teaching and learning potential. We have surveyed our fellow students to get a general understanding of what can be improved. Through Teach the Teacher, we aim to create positive change based on the survey results.
Our First Training Day…
On the 2nd of June, we, the Teach the Teacher Committee, attended a training session held at the College. We were taught about the aim of Teach the Teacher, strategies that could be used in this program and what improvements this program could hopefully bring. We invited students from Scoresby Secondary College to our school, and worked with them to come up with different ideas on how we should approach the program.
There was also a role play session which showed us some possible obstacles we might face during the actual professional development session. This helped us to understand that it is not an easy task and gave us an idea as to what might happen. Besides discussions about the program, we got the chance to get to know the wonderful students and teachers from Scoresby Secondary College. We all introduced ourselves to everyone and exchanged ideas and opinions about many things. This Teach the Teacher training session was not only an informative meeting, but also an experience-sharing session that gave everyone a better understanding of each school.
What’s our next step?
Following our first training session, we are now in the process of planning the professional development session for our teachers. We also wish to survey more students, and also teachers, to assist with our planning. Moreover, we are discussing some strategies to help students and teachers understand each other better.
On behalf of the Teach the Teacher Committee, we would like to thank Emma Myers for conducting the training day as it has taught us a lot about the program and also developed our confidence in this program. We would also like to thank the students and teachers from Scoresby Secondary College who attended this training day as we had many great discussions on several topics.
By Rose Han (Year 12 Prefect) and Chester Ngan (Year 11 Student Leader), Teach the Teacher Committee
Read Mt Waverley’s full Teach the Teacher Report 2015.