Emily Brookes

Emily lives in Adelaide, South Australia and has been teaching Maths and Science for twenty-one years in various Department and Christian schools in the country and city. Emily is the Director of Teaching and Learning at Torrens Valley Christian School and is part of the Senior Executive Team. Emily’s passion is in Professional Learning, Classroom Practice and Critical & Creative Thinking. She thrives on learning and being challenged. (AND styling homes. AND de-cluttering. AND buying new books that look excellent).


Exploring Quality Questioning – the responsibility of the teacher to form students’ hearts and minds towards the Kingdom

Recently, leading educational speakers such as Hattie and Ritchhart have emphasised the pivotal role of the teacher in shaping effective student learning. Dr Stuart Fowler wrote about this, defining the ‘Office of the Christian teacher’ as the main causer of learning. Fowler’s work has recently been re-published in the text, The Christian School as Community (ed. Hanscamp, 2018). In this elective session, Fiona and Emily will lead participants in protocol and thinking routines, exploring the concept of quality questioning. Through refining the art of dialogue, teachers can better invite students into authentic and deeper learning opportunities, considering their place in God’s world.