Today at their regular staff meeting, Covenant teachers were asked to 'Choose Your Own Adventure'. Instead of gathering as one group, Christian Perspectives Coordinator Peter Muddle had organised four presenters so staff could choose their topic for staff development. The topics included:
Academic writing is a challenge to master. However, writing well using academic forms of writing and supporting work with sound research can be an even greater challenge. This session looked at the tools available to support teaching referencing and research skills to their students. This session also looked at the use of Turnitin, Grammarly, Google Scholar, Microsoft Word referencing tools, as well as various metasource databases.
During this informative session, the areas of discussion included, What is Reciprocal Reading, Why We Chose to Take This Up, and Roadblocks, Difficulties and How We Are Overcoming Them. During this session our presenters showed some footage of a Year 4 Reciprical Reading group in action, and participants all had a go at this wonderful teaching tool.
Creating Your Own Virtual Library
One of the most regular criticism of the internet is that there are too many sites and it’s difficult for students to discern which sites are useful, accurate and which ones are a waste of time. In this session, the presenter looked at tools to narrow down the search for suitable sites and how to curate them in a virtual library that can be used with a variety of topics, years and classes.
Deeper With Jesus
Jesus referred to Himself as the 'Bread of Life' which implies there is more than merely knowing and understanding Him. He is also meant to be consumed and assimilated into our lives. Bread is meant to be eaten! The question is “how do you eat the Bread of Life?” The answer is simple; study the bible. The problem with studying our bible, however, is that often we’re not quite sure how. We either assume it’s an arduous task that involves much effort and energy or we feel we just don’t have the necessary time to put into it. In going 'Deeper with Jesus', the presenter covered some basic study methods that will enable a journey beyond a surface-read of the bible. This session aimed to help staff actually know what the biblical text means and how it apply it to daily life. With these skills, a casual read will turn into deeper study which enables us to consume and assimilate the Bread of Life.
It such a blessing and a privilege to have a choice of staff meetings that enrich and encourage our staff!