As a part of our ongoing commitment to improving practices at the College, we have developed a whole school instructional model that is used by teachers to structure student learning. Our instructional model ensures a consistent approach to all learning that occurs at PRSC. This model has been informed by research in educational psychology, including the work of Professor John Hattie and Doctor Robert Marzano. It is designed to support improved student outcomes by ensuring students are aware of the learning that is occurring within their classrooms so they can take personal responsibility for their own success.
The PRSC Instructional Model is captured in the following lesson outline:
At Patterson River Secondary College, we believe that teachers are lifelong learners. We have developed a whole school approach to pedagogy (how teachers teach) by embedding professional development for our staff within a whole school design for improving student outcomes.
We value the knowledge and expertise of our teachers and encourage them to contribute to the learning process by offering in school professional development sessions every Monday and Wednesday afternoon. These sessions create meaningful learning opportunities for our teachers with direct links to improving student outcomes. They allow our teachers to access new ideas, mentor each other and practice strategies to use in their classrooms. All teachers also set professional development goals connected to their learning in these sessions and are supported by a mentor to discuss their progress towards achieving them.
In recent years, our teachers have spent time developing their skills in the following High Impact Teaching Strategies (HITS):
- Structuring lessons
- Collaborative learning.
In addition, our teachers have completed additional professional learning in:
- Best practice academic vocabulary instruction
- Reading comprehension strategies
- Hands on learning in Mathematics
- School Wide Positive Behaviour
- Assessment practices.
Individual teachers are also able to develop their subject knowledge and expertise by attending professional development sessions offered by external providers.