Inquiring into Inquiry in Secondary School

This Semester, Secondary School teachers have been very busy undertaking a range of professional learning experiences, with a particular focus on Inquiry. Professional learning is critical in all phases of a teacher’s career, from pre-service teachers to very experienced. At Calamvale, we support teachers throughout their career, with a philosophy of identifying, sharing and supporting our strengths as teachers.

A key focus for Secondary School teachers is strengthening and deepening our knowledge and skills in Inquiry, in preparation for the IB Middle Years Program. Each of these sessions had asked our teachers to become inquirers, working through the phases of Inquiry during the professional learning sessions. Our learning culminated in our Inaugural TeachMeet@CCC, where teachers volunteered to share aspects of their teaching with their colleagues in short concurrent sessions.

Nurturing the development of our early career teachers is an important part of professional learning at our College. Early career teachers have attended the Metropolitan Region Beginning Teachers’ Conference, Early Career Teacher’s Conference and the Beginning Teachers’ Conference hosted by BETA (Beginning and Established Teachers’ Association). These conferences gave our teachers the opportunity to hear from knowledgeable speakers, both Australian and International.
This Semester, we also hosted 14 pre-service teachers in Secondary School, the largest number we have ever had! All of these teachers were very impressed by the College, our students and the learning in our classrooms.

We look forward to further developing our inquiry skills and knowledge further in Semester 2!