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Catherine McAuley Justice Scholarships
to Mercedes College are open to students entering
Year 8 and Year 11 in 2018. Application forms can
be obtained from the College website.
Applications close 4pm Friday 26 May 2017.
For further information contact Jenny Nemic on
8372 3200 or firstname.lastname@example.org
540 Fullarton Road, Springfield SA Telephone 08 8372 3200
Mercedes College is a co-educational, Reception to Year 12
Catholic school in the Mercy tradition, providing a caring
and supportive learning environment.
Like a child with a shiny new toy, Steve
Hicks is excited, energised and totally
engaged with a different approach to
teaching that is gaining momentum across
Together with about 15 other teachers at
Gleeson College, Steve is embracing the
‘flipped learning’ model of teaching which,
put simply, sees the school work being
done at home and homework undertaken
“The traditional classroom is changing –
this is definitely the way to go,” the design
and technology teacher told The Southern
Developed by two teachers in the United
States about a decade ago, flipped learning
has been adopted by whole schools or in the
case of Gleeson, trialled by some teachers.
In practical terms it relies on the teacher
preparing digital content – usually a short
video – which is watched by the student at
The student notes important information
and prepares clarifying questions about
the content in readiness for the following
In class the teacher then moves straight
into addressing the student’s questions,
leading to a dynamic, interactive learning
According to Steve, flipped learning
offers many learning advantages for the
student and means they don’t get bogged
down doing hours and hours of homework.
“We’ve all been in classes where we’ve
been given homework and when we get
home we open up the book and we can’t do
it. Perhaps we had a bad day, perhaps the
teacher didn’t explain it perfectly on that
day, but we don’t know what to do and it
becomes an issue.
“Flipped learning requires homework
but stops the students from spending
hours on homework. They might watch a
10-minute video – they will have to stop,
pause and rewind and take notes and that
will take about 30 minutes... half an hour
of homework where they can be 100 per
“If they have questions from the video
that is fantastic because they are then
prepared for the next day with questions
about that work.”
Flipped learning also frees the teacher’s
time in the classroom which means they are
able to work one-on-one with students who
At Gleeson, Steve said parents had
been “very supportive and encouraging”
of the flipped learning approach, with
some commenting they were pleased they
could watch the video with their child and
assist them if needed. This was not always
possible if they had only a text book to
Students agreed that flipped learning
meant ‘better use’ of their homework time,
while others said 24/7 access to the videos
was helpful for revision or when they were
absent due to sickness.
“I enjoy that I can work at my own pace
and it’s a lot more relaxed,” said Year 11
student Jordan Altieri.
Fellow student Amelia Delic said it
“saved time” in the classroom and it was
“much easier” to understand comments
from teachers about drafts when they were
received via video.
However, as Steve explained, flipped
learning was successful only with the
support of the school. Producing quality
digital content takes time and video
facilities are needed.
He said Gleeson was in the process
of setting up a dedicated filming booth
for teachers and other schools used
professional development days to enable
teachers to do their filming.
Flipping out over new
TECHNOLOGY OF TEACHING: Gleeson College students Jordan Altieri and Amelia
Delic with one of the videos prepared by teacher Steve Hicks.
Chalkboards, whiteboards, interactive smartboards,
microphones... Astride Eberhards has had to conquer
them all in her 45 years as a teacher in Catholic schools.
Mrs Eberhards, who retired at the end of Term 1 from
St John the Baptist School in Plympton, said mastering
the technological changes over the past four decades
had been one of the major challenges of her career, as
had keeping up with new curriculum frameworks.
“Another big change was the increase in teacher
workload with the advent of online learning and
collecting student data and documentation.
“Family structures have also changed and there
is increased busyness in all areas of life for parents,
students and teachers. Students are requiring more
support with social skills, fine/gross motor skills and
speech pathology,” she said.
Mrs Eberhards started her teaching career at St
Christopher ’s Catholic School in Panania, NSW, in
1972. She moved to Adelaide after marrying husband
Sid in 1974 and taught at St Joseph’s, Kurralta Park. St
Joseph’s amalgamated with St John the Baptist School
in 1990, with classes commencing at Plympton on
February 4 1991. She remained at St John the Baptist
for the remainder of her career.
The majority of her teaching was in the Early Years/
Reception and Year 1 level and as a native speaker of
German she also took on the role as the German teacher
to all students from 1990.
“I’m proud to say that some of my students won
language awards and even continued studying German
in secondary school and university.”
Moving into the next phase of life, Mrs Eberhards
said she plans to travel with family and friends and
“bond with my new camera”.
up 45 years
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