Revitalising your teaching practice... Lourdes Hill College
Hello everyone – Bill Cropper here from The Change Forum...
As you know, we've introduced an opportunity for teaching staff at LHC to participate in a Personal Pedagogy Program (PPP) which is aimed at supporting you to reflect on and revitalise the way you approach your personal pedagogy over the coming year.
Teaching, like so many other things in life, is a process of continual exploration and learning, not a one-stop destination – that we can always strive to improve who we are and what we do – whether it’s in the privacy of our minds and hearts, connectively in the classroom, or bringing our talents to bear on enhancing our broader community.
The title and intent of this program is not to suggest you are disengaged or that your teaching practice is somehow lacking. It is to say that all of our teaching practices can be improved and that we all need to renew and revitalise ourselves and our practices from time to time to stay relevant, to re-energise, evolve and continually learn and improve.
Personally, I hope the PPP stimulates you to challenge yourself and explore a few new angles for your teaching practice. We can all benefit from continually raising self-awareness and acquiring extra tools to bring out the best in ourselves, our classrooms and our relationships with others.
Key to all these, importantly, is voluntarism. How much time you devote, energy you apply and work you do in relation to the PPP is entirely up to you.
There’ll be suggested readings, activities, on-line guides and video-sessions progressively made available over the next few months. You can read and use them as much or as little as you want.
Of course we hope you’ll embrace this opportunity and make the most of what's being provided. But that indeed is a hope, and not so much an expectation.
Other PPP principles include:
I hope you’ll approach PPP with an inquiring and open spirit, as a useful opportunity to reflect on and revitalise the way you approach your personal pedagogy over the coming year, continually set yourself goals that challenge and re-energise your teaching practice over the coming year.
If you have any queries about the program or want to talk over anything in connection with it, you can reach me on 0429-687513.