Thanks Busybee I know what you mean. Anyway glad to hear of your positive experience.
Rose&Aurelia thanks for your input. Obviously you'd choose STM over MacGregor. MacGregor has just become and independent school which I believe means the principal now has much more control on how she spends the money and also on the teachers she chooses to employ.
I'm interested in what makes the principal and teachers you know at STM really good?
Thanks for sharing.
Sorry, one more question Rose&Aurelia. You may or may not be able to answer this question but as you can see from my original post I am concerned when students don't get enough explicit/direct instruction prior to engaging with inquiry based learning.
It sounds like you are a teacher so you probably know what I'm talking about. Would you have any idea how the teacher's you know at STM, teach? I guess what I mean is I agree with the John Fleming explicit instruction approach which is slow release of responsibility. Lessons are based on the idea: I do (teacher shows how to do it), we do (the class attempt the problem together under the instruction of the teacher) and you do (where the student takes responsibility for working on the problem). I know Coopparoo College uses this approach but I'm on the hunt for schools in my area that may have a similar approach, if not exactly like this...I'm not a fan of schools who are heavy on inquiry/discovery learning at the expense of direct instruction.
I went to Coorparoo and it's not a school I would recommend. From what I've heard it's only continued to go down hill further over the years.
My brothers went to Mt. Gravatt. It was quite a strict school in comparison but did not offer anywhere near the amount of subjects or opportunities available at Coorparoo. One brother spent his 5 years of high school there and the other left within the first year.
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Each teacher will have a preferred style and will adapt their style to suit their students.
Generally, lower grades tend to get more explicit teaching but yrs 11&12 tend to be more investigative. It's also subject dependent.
You will probably have to attend STMs open day to ask that.
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