What do our new purpose, vision, values… mean for your classroom?

Staff Meeting – 18 March 2013

This afternoon we will be looking at where our new strategic plan will take or classrooms over the next four years.  We will briefly consider how we can make this transition through a clear and structured framework, including our curriculum planning procedures.

The diagram below shows some of the main considerations that will impact these decisions over the next four years.

Please share the key thoughts and reflections from your group (or just your own) in the comments below.

Articulating TC Values – Staff Meeting Activity 2013


On Monday afternoon (18/2) we will briefly revisit our journey to date as we establish our college purpose and vision and complete the process of deciding on our common core values that encapsulate this vision.  The main objective of the session is to collaboratively decide on 3-5 key/core values that when followed/promoted by the college community members, will allow us to achieve our purpose and vision.

We recently spent some time in a college meeting exploring these values in small groups – the results of which are shown in the Wordle below – the bigger the word the more often it was presented in the different responses from each group (though some issues with spelling and case – does meant it may not be entirely and accurate mathematical representation, it certainly does make for a good starting point for reflection on what was presented).   All group responses were presented in a previous blog (Read post)

This afternoon after we review “the path so far” – we will take a moment to view Ken Robinson’s -Changing Education Paradigm Video.  Though most of you have possibly seen this before (Posted previously by Tim Delaney), it is a worthwhile reflection on  how these notions are capture in our purpose and vision AND how these are then reflected in our College wide values.

See more Ken Robinson:

Some other (of my) favorite 21C / Education philosophers:

2013 PLT teams

Hi everyone.

Hello Senior Campus Staff.

I assume everyone is waiting with baited breath for details about exactly our P&D groups structure for 2013 will be, as the first meeting of these groups will be next week (Week 3)! Some changes have been made to this which are outlined below.

At the beginning of this year, the College Leadership team discussed the fact that the same group is called a PLT (Professional Learning Team) at the Junior Campus and P&D (Performance and Development) groups at the Senior Campus. Because of this, we have decided to adopt the PLT term, as professional learning really is the main focus of these groups.

Towards the end of 2012, the Campus Leadership Team reviewed the current work, progress and functionality of the P&D groups currently operating. For the first time in my time at this school (2007-now) these groups will be remaining largely unchanged into 2013 as we felt that most of these teams have been making progress, encourage and enable staff professional learning and are likely to enable us to achieve our new strategic plan objectives. For me, after switching from one group to another each year since P&D groups have existed, I think this is a good indicator that we are starting to get this process right!

There have been a small number of changes to the teams and the makeup of each team due largely to logistical reasons rather than issues with any of the groups.

Summary of changes to PLT’s for 2013
1. The competency based assessment group spent a lot of their focus on improving VET, specifically in the context of an external VET audit in 2012. As this process has concluded, it was decided that this group could no longer make a significant contribution to achieving our purpose of ‘growing together as adaptable, confidant, successful learners and citizens’.
2. SWPBS is a significant long term initiative which have a large impact on what happens in our classes and already has an established team, which meet voluntarily. This group will remain unchanged and will met during PLT meeting time.
3. The make up of some groups has changed to due staff changes between 2012-2013, which has left some groups to big, too small, or without representation from some KLD groups. Significantly, we will be running only 1 inquiry learning group, which will be led by Paul Crutchley and Sue Coffey. Being a larger group, this group will do some of it’s work in smaller groups, but very much aligned with each other.
4. The ‘Applied Learning’ group (which was previously the VCAL group) has broadened it’s scope to become the ‘Engagement’ group. This reflects a change in the groups direction during 2012 where the started to move away from designing Applied Learning programs, to focussing the key elements of these programs, which are designed to improve engagement and depth of understanding, so that these elements can be applied to all classes, even ones where the applied learning format may not be possible or appropriate.

So, the PLT groups for 2013 are……

PLT                              Leader
eLearning                     Mark Seijbel
Engagement                Aden Wyers
Inquiry Learning          Paul Crutchley, Sue Coffey
Formative Feedback   Chris Lehner
SWPBIS                      Nicole Ashton

Please check out the attached document for the details as to who is in each team.

Have a great weekend!!

2013 PLT group members

21 Century Skills

Today at the Senior Campus we begin our formal exploration into the notion of teaching and assessing 21 Century Skills.

The resources used are provided below.

Please share your ideas and suggestions on how the college travels through this journey in the comments below.

College Values Activity

Our mighty group 9 – propose the following values and considerations:


  • Self
  • Others
  • Property
  • Environment


  • Selves
  • Actions
  • Learning
  • Supportive


  • Celebrate Successes (Academic/Behavioral)
  • Aspiration / Be The Best You Can Be / Do the best you can…
  • Character/Integrity


  • Creativity
  • Innovative
  • Apply to New Contexts
  • Resilience
  • Resourcesful


  • Every Individual
  • Strive for Potential
  • Support
  • Tolerance

These are still very much in their rough / raw format – but I believe (hope) encapsulate the overall ideas and themes we discussed.  Please add other groups below and also share comments and feedback.

Exploring our values

It is important the we all have a good understanding not only of what our common values are, but how this inform our day to day behaviours and practices. The videos below provide examples of teachers behaviours that we can use to exaimne the values that they hold.

Password for all videos is tcuser


Clip 1 – Mr G’s class

Mr G Dance Class ( Summer Heights High ) from Aden Wyers on Vimeo.

Clip 2 – History (Causal Reasoning)

HistoryCausalReasonongWW1 from Aden Wyers on Vimeo.

Clip 3 – Algebra

Algebra -Think of a Number from Aden Wyers on Vimeo.

Clip 4 – Fractions

FractionGame from Aden Wyers on Vimeo.

2013 VCAL Presentation

At the Senior Campus staff meeting this afternoon Aden Wyers and myself presented the process and model for the 2013 VCAL program. The main purpose of this presentation was to make all staff aware of the new program and to find out if any staff members would like to be involved in the program for next year.

I encourage any Junior Campus staff to check out the full presentation below as well as any Senior Campus staff who either missed the meeting or would like to have a closer look. If any of you are interested in being involved in the program in any way please let myself or Aden know before the end of the week with an idea of what capacity you would like to be involved in.

Chris Lehner (2013 VCAL coordinator)

Take YOUR OneNote to the Next Level!!

Many staff (and steadily increasing), particulalry at the Senior Campus have started using OneNote to share, collect and monitor course material, notes and student work.  This can initially be a challenge to set up, but once it is running is sooo simple.  In fact, many teachers are increasingly using this as a preferred method of sharing digital content (hyperlinks, attachments…) instead of DayMap or Blogs (which has both benefits and some considerations to take into account).

The video below is a great demonstration of more creative ways you can provide feedback to students through OneNote:

Swinburne University are offering a PD in this areas on the 24th of October – Please complete an application on PD Tracker and let me (Mark Seijbel – seijbel.mark.m@edumail.vic.gov.au) if you are keen to attend.

PLEASE ask me for a hand to set this up for your class, to show you some ways you can use it in your class, to come into your class and help you and students get started… or anything else!!!!

OneNote resources, cheat sheets, guides… can be found (as always) in our Tech Tute Corner: Digital Notebooks – OneNote. More DayMap Cheat sheets coming.  PLEASE provide feedback and identify needs for assistance!