Teachers would be required to collect evidence like student results and feedback to prove they’re meeting education goals under Australia’s first national teacher performance guidelines. The proposal is only in draft stage at the moment, developed by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) and released for consultation today.
Teachers would set performance goals each year and then show what they’re doing to meet them.
“Teachers will have a clear understanding of what they will be expected to achieve every year and a clear understanding of how their performance will be measured,” said School Education Minister Peter Garrett.
“This will allow our many terrific teachers to demonstrate how well they are performing and the positive results they are producing, while also providing opportunities to improve their skills where needed.”
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And here’s the other tidbits that have been buzzing around:
1. Wow. Did you see this interview with Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten? It feels like it’s straight out of a comedy sketch. Really, just watch:
2. The Week in Pics. A joker Victoria Beckham, beautiful family photos and a few surprises:
A flight attendent on Cathay-Pacific was rapped on the knuckles for letting Victoria Beckham into a crew jumpseat. Victoria didn't actually make an announcement on the crew phone.
3. Tamara Favazza was a 20-year-old college student in 2004 when she was filmed by a camera crew dancing at a party. Someone else lifted her top up as she apparently mouthed the words ‘no’ and the footage made its way to an edition of pornographic video Girls Gone Wild. For the act, she’s now won $5.6 million in compensation.
4. A couple crowdfunded their baby! As in, when they realised they couldn’t afford the IVF procedure they needed for a child after trying for three years without luck, the couple placed their story on crowdfunding website IndieGoGo and raised $8050 from donors. It worked!
5. The Australian Greens have urged Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke to list the koala as a ‘vulnerable’ species ahead of his decision on Monday. Greens Senator Larissa Waters said we could see the ‘extinction of koalas in the wild within our lifetime’.
6. This week’s Heartless Muppet Award goes to: Archbishop John Carroll High School in the United States! A teenager there has been barred from her own prom because she doesn’t have a date. Real smooth. Way to make her feel ace! Amanda Dougherty had a date and her tickets and dress, but he pulled out at the last minute.
7. Burger King in the States has decided to make its entire business free from caged eggs and pigs in the next five years. Animal advocates have hailed it as a huge step forward for the American food industry. Not a bad win for the pigs and chickens, too.