Murrumba State Secondary College is well on the way to cementing its reputation as the first choice education provider for families in the Murrumba Downs community. We are creating a college where every young learner develops a sense of belonging and is inspired to shape their preferred future.
The College motto, learning for life provides a focus for students, parents, teachers and the college community. To realise this vision, there is an expectation for all teachers to become expert practitioners and a commitment that “ every day in every classroom, every student is learning and achieving within a safe, supportive, inclusive and disciplined learning environment” ( United in the Pursuit of Excellence – Education Queensland’s Agenda for Improvement 2011-2015).
The Teaching and Learning Framework adopted by Murrumba State Secondary College is based on the Art and Science of Teaching (ASOT), a pedagogical framework based on the work of Robert Marzano. “The words art and science were carefully selected to convey a message – effective teaching in both the art and science”( Marzano, 2007).
At Murrumba State Secondary College, we started our professional development journey with the Art and Science of Teaching at the beginning of 2012. All teaching staff at the College commit to weekly professional development engaging in ASOT. These meetings are a time for teachers to learn new skills, reflect on professional practice and share success in the classroom. The Art and Science of Teaching presented as 10 design questions. Teachers examine each design question to develop their knowledge and skills, as well as reflecting on their current beliefs and practices. Teachers at Murrumba State Secondary College strive to achieve that dynamic mixture of art and science that results in exceptional teaching and outstanding student outcomes through our College teaching and learning framework: The Art and Science of Teaching.