9. Learning and working collegially

9.2 Engage actively as members of their professional and wider community and work collegially with fellow teachers to improve their teaching and enhance student learning. In so doing, they create conditions for the growth of open and collaborative school cultures whereby parents and community members can play a dynamic role in supporting student learning about the world.

Focus questions:
  • How do you contribute to the building of professional learning communities at your school and beyond? 
  • What do you hope to learn as a member of these communities?
Further questions:
  • How do you learn productively from your fellow teachers? 
  • How do you support productive collaboration with these teachers?
  • To what extent do you invite others to provide critique on your teaching?
Further links and resources

The Australian Geography Teachers’ Association Inc [AGTA] website for the Biennial National Conference, January 10th to 13th,  2011, Scotch College, Adelaide, South Australia.
Accessed at: http://www.agta.asn.au/conf2011/index.htm (Accessed April 2010)

The Geographical Association (GA) website for their Annual Conference, ‘Geography: The Big Picture’, University Of Derby, United Kingdom, 8-10 April 2010
Accessed at: http://www.geography.org.uk/cpdevents (Accessed April 2010)

The AFSSSE website:
“AFSSSE (Australian Federation of Societies for Studies of Society and Environment) is a consortium of five professional associations, namely the Australian Association for Environmental Education Inc., the Australian Geography Teachers' Association Inc., Business Educators Australasia Inc., the History Teachers' Association of Australia Inc., and the Social Educators Association of Australia Inc. It was formed in 1994 to act as the peak organisation for the broad area of study known as Studies of Society and Environment (SOSE).”

Accessed at: http://www.afssse.asn.au/index.htm (Accessed April 2010)

The Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) website
Accessed at: http://www.vit.vic.edu.au/content.asp?Document_ID=1(Accessed April 2010)

1. Knowing geography and geography curriculum
Accomplished geography teachers: 
2. Fostering geographical inquiry and fieldwork
Accomplished geography teachers:
3. Developing geographical thinking and communication
Accomplished geography teachers:
4. Understanding students and their communities
Accomplished geography teachers:
5. Establishing a safe, supportive and intellectually challenging learning environment

Accomplished geography teachers:

6. Understanding geography teaching – pedagogical practices
Accomplished geography teachers:
7. Planning, assessing and reporting

Accomplished geography teachers:

8. Progressing professional growth and development

Accomplished geography teachers:

9. Learning and working collegially

Accomplished geography teachers: