This year I have been attending the Bastow Leading Numeracy Course. The Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership is a Victorian Government iniative that runs a variety of professional learning opportunities to prepare the next generation of educational leaders. Here is a link to their website http://www.bastow.vic.edu.au/Pages/Home.aspx
I chose to apply to attend the Leading Numeracy course as our school has Numeracy as an area of focus- we want to improve the way we plan for and teach numeracy so we improve our students learning outcomes in this area. A Principal colleague (Lee) at a nearby school also has Numeracy as an area of focus and also applied to attend the course. We plan to have our staff work together over the next few years- to visit each other’s classrooms, to plan together and to give feedback on lessons.
A requirement of the Leading Numeracy Course is to keep a Journal reflecting on the sessions we have attended at Bastow, the professional readings and the associated work we do back in our schools. I am going to record my journal entries here on my blog. I am looking forward to reading comments from other educators who are also working to improve numeracy outcomes in their schools.
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