From the Head of the Crowther Centre – Dr Ray Swann 

Learning and attention

It has been a real pleasure to view staff in their classrooms across the school. One of the practices that we are continuing to develop at BGS is to be firm on the standard, but flexible on the approach. This is one of the mantras of Instructional Coaching expert, Dr Jim Knight, who recently spent a week with us training around 30 of our staff.  Dr Knight argues that teaching is complex; there are lots of variables, hence both the context and experience of the teacher is really key to helping our boys learn. We want our teachers to form relationships based on trust and to have clear classroom practices, but also to have humour, warmth and compassion.

Over the past several weeks I have had the pleasure of viewing Ms Christine Marks in her Year 2 class. One of Christine’s great strengths as a teacher is her attention to focus in learning. Christine maintains that throughout her instruction, she needs to see each boy’s face, read his visual cues and constantly check in for understanding. Christine creates very clear guidelines and sets boundaries and perimeters within which the boys have the ‘freedom’ to learn and try new things. I certainly felt like I learned a few new things in observing her classes (and I definitely paid attention!)

 

Parent Workshop Program – Term 4

Tonight we will run the first of our Term 4 workshops ­– Engaging in Adolescents, a workshop for parents of boys heading into adolescence with a focus on building and establishing communication. This workshop was run previously in Term 3 and has been repeated due to the positive feedback and high level interest.

If this was an area of interest for you and you were unable to attend, please let us know and we will either send you information or look to book another workshop session in the future.

Please also see the date and details below for our remaining workshop this term, along with the link to book your place. We hope to see you there!

Teens and Technology

This workshop will have a focus on all things technology, including: managing technology at home, problems with engagement/disengagement, and issues around cyber-bullying, inappropriate content and more.

When: Thursday 15 November, 4–5pm
Where: Wellbeing Centre
How: Book at our trybooking page

If there is any other area of interest that you would like to suggest for future workshops or feedback you would like to give, we would love to hear your thoughts. Please email us at: crowther@brightongrammar.vic.edu.au.