Developing innovation is critical for the future of us all...
Critical thinking, creativity and innovation are essential skills that all learners need to embrace in the 21st Century. At Barker, students and teachers are encouraged to adopt a Growth Mindset in their work. This may involve a teacher using creative, new approaches to teaching and learning, students developing a code to be run in space, designing robots for international competition, or creating solutions to issues related to global sustainability. Where it is possible, innovative and new thinking is strongly encouraged.
We continue to investigate different classroom structures and creative learning environments, combined with approaches to Blended Learning for staff and students to enjoy. The Barker Institute continually looks to investigate and report on How? And Why? these changes are valuable within the learning process. In 2018, staff are engaged in a variety of different projects encompassing WATS (Writing Across the School), Blended Learning, Coaching, Formative Assessment, combined with ongoing attention to quality feedback, tracking linked to intentional learning and explicit goal-setting.
Our Junior School bases its curriculum around Inquiry Learning, where the staff place the child at the centre of the learning experience, encouraging them to ask the big questions about the world around them. Linking learning to the innovative adaption of self-reflection allows learners and staff to continually assess and recalibrate their understanding, which fosters the development of new approaches to student engagement and staff learning. Through quality, intentional professional dialogue, the COT (College of Teachers) sees over 50 staff work with lead coach Mr Len Nixon to guide growth and improvement amongst teachers from Pre K-12.
Here, we continually draw on the expertise, skills and extensive knowledge of our staff and external experts and institutions, so that we can collaborate and work alongside one another, developing confidence and capacity. This allows us to embed new approaches to learning that will transform the engagement of those within the Barker community.
The Barker Institute looks to embrace emerging thinking and practice to learning, harnessing new ideas and sharing these through various forums and professional learning experiences. Each year, the Barker Institute provides a range of events for the School and the broader community as we look to share new thinking and research locally, nationally and globally. Where possible, leading thinkers, authors and researchers are invited to share their work and collaborate with the Barker Community and beyond.