What is “next practice” and what is truly innovation in learning?

The word innovation suggests something new, to make changes in anything established, an idea that has never been tried.

All human beings have the capacity to generate novel, original creative ideas. Creative people take risks and frequently push the boundaries of their perceived limits. The 21st century needs students who are inventive and resourceful, resilient and collaborative, communicative and can find solutions to new problems.

It is no longer good enough to simply ‘fill up empty vessels’ with knowledge, facts and concepts, they have to be readied for, and adaptive to a rapidly changing, interconnected global world with limitless possibilities.

This calls for a re-imagining of teaching and learning. The sage on the stage is a concept of teaching that belongs in the past, guide on the side, or even more profoundly, learning together has to be the paradigm of the future.

To this end, St Paul’s School has developed and implemented an innovative Learning Management Model. This model reflects the skills students require to be successful in tomorrow’s world. The model is a collaborative one, encourages distributive leadership and is not based on hierarchy.

The central difference between the traditional Heads of Department model found in most schools is the introduction of five Heads of Learning (Prep-12) who encompass essential approaches to thinking, learning and skills which are life-long, and are transdisciplinary in their distinct pedagogical frameworks and application.

The primary role of the Heads of Learning is to mentor and coach teachers and teams of teachers across the school by equipping them with a pedagogical toolkit which will engage students in deep, rich learning.