Gib Gate students give lecture to future educators at University of Wollongong

Four Gib Gate year 6 students presented a lecture to future teachers in Wollongong last week.

Cate Horsfall, Laura Barnsley-Adams, Charlie Johns and Kyle George presented to an audience of 135 undergraduate education students at the University of Wollongong about the Gib Gate approach to authentic, student-led inquiry learning. 

Gib Gate teacher Lynn Venish with year 6 students Kyle George, Cate Horsfall, Laura Barnsley-Adams, and Charlie Johns. Photo: supplied.

Gib Gate teacher Lynn Venish with year 6 students Kyle George, Cate Horsfall, Laura Barnsley-Adams, and Charlie Johns. Photo: supplied.

The students shared their experience of the unit: 'Should coal mining be permitted in the Southern Highlands?' devised by teacher Lynn Venish.

Ms Venish said she designed the unit based on the Gib Gate inquiry approach which aims to actively engage students in relevant and personalised learning experiences.

"Making learning relevant using topical local and global issues really engages students. It is so exciting as an experienced and highly qualified teacher to work in an environment where all teachers are motivated and passionate about making learning exciting, research-based and cutting edge,” Ms Venish said.

The UoW students were particularly interested in the integration of Making Thinking Visible Routines, used across Gib Gate as part of a joint research project in conjunction with Project Zero at Harvard University Graduate School of Education. 

Asked how they felt about the presentation, the Gib Gate students said: "It was really interesting for us to present to teachers instead of teachers presenting to students. I think it was important for us to teach new teachers how to be excellent teachers!"

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