I want you take a moment and think about all the students in your class. If you need to go in and have a look at the class dashboard at https://oslp.eq.edu.au/OSLP.MVC/Dashboard in OneSchool.
Do you believe that you can make a difference to all those children, overcome their challenges and impact positively on their achievement. Be honest…are you concerned that external factors, e.g. disability diagnosis, time constraints, parent support or student attitude, will prevent some children from ever achieving. It is human nature to perceive or attribute various causes when considering factors that contribute to their success and/or failure. What we want to do is promote (and that is not really the word I am looking for) teacher efficacy. The belief that you can make a difference.
When teachers attribute students’ successes and failures to internal factors rather than external factors, they in turn, believe their actions impact student achievement.
The next step is collective teacher efficacy:
Amazing things happen when a school staff shares the belief that they are able to achieve collective goals and overcome challenges to impact student achievement.
It is a bit difficult to develop a PD program that suddenly develops collective teacher efficacy. It is not as simple as here is a recipe go and do it. We are investigating the IMPACT teams as a way we can work together to look at student work and share strategies for success.
Why are we doing it?