Richard has a consistent focus on improvement and innovation, and is always looking for ways “to best utilise the program for the benefit of our students and their families." Having initially worked closely with developers to customise the tool for the needs of his school community, he still works with them to enhance and improve the program.
Richard understands the success of the portfolio system relies on developing the skills of his colleagues and continues to lead the implementation by running professional development sessions and providing one-on-one support.
Hear Richard talk about the online portfolios
Next Richard is teaching a literacy lesson, and as in all lessons, he sets high expectations for student learning and behaviour.
As a classroom teacher, Richard seeks to create the optimal learning environment for each of his students and takes time to listen to the needs of his students to achieve this. He seeks to attain “a genuine balance between explicit instruction of skills and content,” informed by evidence based research on teaching strategies that work, to enable his students to succeed and “understand their world.”
Richard “strives for professional improvement every day," and sees value in being connected to professional learning networks, keeping up to date with latest evidence around teaching, using the expertise of colleagues and learning from other practitioners. He uses the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Teacher Standards) to review his own practice. One of his current goals is to use authentic assessments of student learning to inform his teaching.