Lifestyle

Two-way mirrors to aid teacher training

Ipswich Girl's Grammar School is pioneering a teachers observatory room where they can be watched while taking a class and given advice on how to improve.
Ipswich Girl's Grammar School is pioneering a teachers observatory room where they can be watched while taking a class and given advice on how to improve. Claudia Baxter

TWO-way mirrors, once limited to interrogation rooms in police TV dramas, have found a niche in the classroom.

Ipswich Girls Grammar School has introduced a high-tech teaching observatory, giving staff a unique perspective on the way they teach their classes.

The classroom looks like any other, but behind the mirror is an observatory with large-screen TVs and recording equipment.

The recordings are given to the teachers to help with developing their skills.

The classroom is soundproof with video and sound gear installed to capture everything that occurs in class.

IGGS dean of studies Kathy Bishop said the support program for pre-service teachers (PST), first-year teachers and new teachers on staff are intrinsic elements of the Educational Excellence Theme within the school's new strategic plan.

"One of the four pillars of our plan is Educational Excellence, which incorporates our model for quality learning and teaching. Based on the work of the Grattan Institute," she said.

"We see peer observation and collegial quality teaching teams as being key strategies for achieving excellence.

"The Teaching Observatory will be a key resource for both supporting PSTs and for supporting our teachers."

The observatory will be fully operational next year and IGGS hopes it will play a key role in building strong relationships with universities.

The project was funded by Independent Schools Queensland along with IGGS donors.

Topics:  education, ipswich girls grammar school




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'I apologise every day that I am not the person he married'

My battle with postnatal depression...

'My husband lasted 6 weeks as a stay at home dad'

APN Hey Mummy Feature for online - stock images. Katie Dykes being interviewed for the webisodes. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

FROM the outside, being a stay at home mum looks like a breeze.

THE EXPERT: Stop judging working mothers

SUPER MUMS: Being a working mums comes down to perfecting time management.

"WORKING for money is all right; so is working because you want to.”

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

Goodna woman in court for assault on police officer

Ipswich Police Station and Courthouse. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times

Accused one of six charged with alleged offences against police

Farewell to classic local bloke

Steven "Gor" John Eager

A sad goodbye to Steven John Eager

Rate rise gives residents a real bang for their buck

MY BUDGET ROCKS: Paul Pisasale explains why his 2016/17 budget makes a slight rate rise well worth it.

Pisasale hails new budget as "an agent for change"

Latest deals and offers

Pisasale's Budget

Cr Pisasale has announced his 2016/17 budget as one that "gets things done" and...

Dash Cam of Slip in Snow

Even light snow can be hazardous.

Dash cam shows how easy it is to lose control in even light snow.

Chaos outside Istanbul Airport

Turkish police block the road after an suicide bomb attack at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, 28 June 2016. At least 10 people were killed in two separate explosions that hit Ataturk Airport.

Distress as cars escape Istanbul airport after bombing.

Arts and culture get a boost in council budget

HAPPY CAMPER: Council’s culture boss Cr Charlie Pisasale will be delighted $400,000 has been allocated for a business case investigation for IPAC.

IPAC at the forefront of councillor's agenda

Burnett Heads housing development approved

COUNCIL APPROVED: A Burnett Heads housing development has been approved by Bundaberg Regional Council. Photo Contributed

Councillors approved the development seven votes to four