Psychologist and TV personality Nigel Latta addressed over 200 teaching staff from various Central Otago schools at a recent event at Mt Aspiring College (MAC). The subject of his talk was The Psychology of Success.
“We had Nigel down to do a keynote address and his address… was very well received,” said MAC deputy principal Dean Sheppard.
The schools included MAC, Dunstan High School, Cromwell College, Roxburgh Area School and Wānaka Primary.
“There were two breakout sessions after Nigel’s address, then we had lunch and then we had the final workshop [arranged according to] learning areas. So all the teachers from, for example, science met as one from all the various schools and they talked about various issues or shared practice that builds those relationships, and it’s just to get us on the same page, really,” Sheppard said.
The idea was “to improve the success of our learners. That’s number one. The second one being we want to build positive relationships between all the colleagues [including administrative staff] we have around the Central Otago region, and three, collaboration. We’re actually sharing good practice with each other.”
He said this kind of event was necessary “because we’re quite isolated by nature, by geography — so it’s always very costly to go to places for professional learning — so we’ve come up with a template which we’re hoping to use on an annual basis where we learn from each other.”
Sheppard said, “You’re talking about 2000 students who are going to be impacted by this day, with staff coming to them with new ideas that they can use in class.”