Reading the latest eNews from AITSL and the On the Couch with John Hattie was heartening. Reading through John’s responses reiterated all of the qualities of a great teacher and much of what our day-to-day work aims to do. Some of the points John made were:
- teachers need to maximise student learning
- we need to support more teachers to teach & lead like the best
- teachers need support from school leadership
- decisions should be based on evidence
- feedback is paramount.
I find it interesting that John talks about parents and the possibility of them being able to choose the teacher they would like for the child. What would parents be basing this decision on? What they hear in the playground? This would be interesting to unpack.