The Role of the Teacher
At St. Peter's we believe that staff are the facilitators of learning who provide the students with skills and strategies necessary to become lifelong learners. We believe that the teacher provides an environment where students are encouraged to explore and inquire and where they can utilize their learning strengths. Through developing strong, equal relationships with the students we are able to motivate, support and guide them with their learning so that they become self sufficient, self motivated, independent and reflective.
We believe that students learning should be supported by providing a diverse curriculum, which acknowledges the breadth of intelligence students are capable of displaying. As teachers we are not the holders of knowledge but rather the facilitators of learning who allow students to uncover their vast array of talents and passions.
Students as Learners
At St Peter's we believe that each student will be motivated to learn in different ways. Each individual has their own unique style of learning and it is our job to make students feel valued for who they are and what they bring into the learning environment.
We aim to develop inquirers who are encouraged and supported in developing their passions and strengths, who are able to make connections to the outside world with their learning and then who are able to use these skills to become motivated and inspired lifelong learners.
We believe that students can manage their own learning through planning, researching and reflecting. They learn to be Self Motivators, Self Managers and Self Appraisers rather than passive consumers of knowledge.
We as teachers have the job of teaching our students 'how to learn' creating conversations around thinking and learning and giving the students choice in how they will learn. At St Peter's we strive to create more engaged, motivated and productive learners.
Teachers as Learners
At St. Peter's we believe that our staff have a responsibility to continue to learn and be open to the changing needs of education. We believe that we need to support one another, learn from one another and reflect together as we increase our own professional knowledge for the benefit of our students. As lead learners, we model learning to the students and engage in their learning with them. We provide the example of lifelong learning and the benefits that come from working, sharing, questioning and reflecting together and affirming each other in the work that we do.
Learning opportunities may come from visiting other schools, professional reading, specialized assistance either onsite or offsite. Information once gained should be shared appropriately with other staff, parents and students.