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Thursday, 26 May 2011
Rethinking our Jargon
Late May and I have 4 weeks left at my current international school. I have made the major career decision to return home after 9 years away from the Australian Education System (well, the Victorian one, since Australia is only just on the cusp of developing a nationwide curriculum). So I find myself in rather an odd situation! What exactly should I be applying for? I've been a principal for the past 6 years and fortunately, I have been in IB PYP schools, so I have that pedagogy, philosophy and language in common with a handful of Melbourne schools. But in all other areas I am finding that everything has changed - for the better to be sure - but dramatically changed. First challenge has been getting myVictorian Institute of Teachingregistration. For 25 years the system stayed the same, but while I was away, changes were made which meant that I needed to go through the whole registration process all over from scratch. For me that includes a police record check from every country I have lived in for more than 12 months. Pleased to say I almost have all the necessary documentation. If you happen to be in a similar situation be warned - this is a very long and potentially frustrating process. Next step is to look at the jobs on offer. I feel like Dorothy - certainly not in Kansas anymore. I need to show an intimate knowledge ofVELS,PoLT, ande5not to mention the highly specialized language of the types of positions. Oh ... the international school world is so much simpler! So it got me to musing - wouldn't it be wonderful if the whole world shared similar terminology for standards of practice, philosophies of education, approaches to assessment, use of information technology and the goals of collegial, constructive relationships? In the meantime, I'm off to correlate my own pedagogical experience with the PoLT, make sense of the VELS and show how well I have worked as a e5 proponent!! (You'll have to look them all up like I did!) Don't get me wrong - it's all great stuff and I am impressed with how far Victoria has come in such a relatively short time! But do we have to have such specialized nomenclature?