ST MICHAEL'S COLLEGE CURRICULUM
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:
- Develop units of study with inquiry-based learning pedagogy where our students discover how to learn through the use of BIG questions and the TELSTAR model of inquiry, therefore engaging students in the learning process.
- Develop units of study that are data informed, and value and build upon student’s prior learning and ways of learning, therefore responding to our learners.
- Develop units of study that respond to Catholic theology and philosophy in all learning areas without diminishing the integrity of each subject.
- Establish and maintain right relationships with students, parents/ caregivers, community with a focus on creating positive and safe classroom environments, explicitly providing time within the teaching sequence to develop relationships.
- Pursue intellectual rigour with a focus on higher order thinking and questioning (three-storey intellect thinking) leading students to be creative, critical and self-directed learners.
- Provide learning experiences that develop a sense of responsibility within our students for their own learning by establishing clear learning intentions: the development of the curriculum with clear and visible success criteria and the invitation to reflect through a range of strategies including the use of feedback.
- Provide learning experiences that are aligned to the curriculum intent and assessment and that incorporate the use of ICTs in meaningful and appropriate ways to promote success in learning.
- Provide authentic assessment that allows each learner to demonstrate what they know and can do and where there is consistency of teacher judgment through a shared understanding of standards.