Our pedagogical principles developed from the College vision as a community of learning and our beliefs about quality learning and teaching.
Understanding that our students are learners who are created in the image and likeness of God and our curriculum is built on the foundations of a Catholic theology, we believe that quality learning, teaching and assessment occurs when we:
At St Michael's College, we aspire to develop each individual's potential to become a self-directed and responsible learner of the twenty-first century. Through encouragement to strive for excellence and provision of contemporary programs, we promote lifelong learning that nurtures the spiritual, emotional, intellectual and physical growth of all.
As Catholic educators we have a tradition and vision based on Christian values and beliefs. These values and beliefs are foundational to our action and engagement in learning and teaching with our students, parents and colleagues. We believe that learning and teaching is inextricably linked with living life to the full as a community of faith, learning and care.
Through our vision we believe quality learning is about educating learners:
Through our vision we believe quality teaching is:
Our Learning and Teaching framework helps our teachers
provide a more consistent learning experience for all students. It will improve
student outcomes by providing an overall umbrella for student learning based on
eight pedagogical principles. The principles give us a meta language to discuss
language and teaching between staff, students and parents. The learning
experiences we devise using the framework will observably link to the goals of
the Melbourne Declaration, which aims to enable students to become active,
creative and informed citizens.
In order to prepare students to meet the demands of the 21st
century, they are entitled to learning experiences rooted in inquiry-based
learning and the learning framework seeks to make this endeavour a reality. The
focus, which the framework provides, will assist teachers to feel greater
satisfaction in their mission to facilitate student learning. The Framework is
supported by a toolkit that assists teachers to develop practice that aligns
with the framework.
Our Pedagogical Principles