Pedagogy with a Twist

Looking back and within to move forward – Using collaborative and reflective practices
Nichole Rouhliadeff and Kirstina Moss

Prioritising collaborative and reflective practice at Villanova College is invaluable for effective planning and teaching.  To really provide a strong philosophy for teaching boys to become engaged learners, the school, as a learning community, commits to Marzano’s Art and Science of Teaching Framework.  ‘Design Questions’ is one of the strategies within the framework that enables teachers to learn from each other, praise each other’s strengths and identify future goals for professional growth and development. Come with us on our journey as we demonstrate the process the school has designed.  See first-hand how this has built teacher confidence and willingness to take risks and share challenges and successes.

Included in this presentation will be evidence of the implementation of learning pods, teacher surveys and how technology helps us to evaluate our progress (eg Swivl).


Nichole has 22 years of educational experience across co-educational and single sex schools within State, Catholic, United Kingdom Public and Australian Independent systems.  Having taught from Kindergarten to Year 6, Nichole has worked within Middle Management for the past nine years.  Recognising that learning is life long, the impact of promoting collaborative and reflective practice is a key part of her management philosophy, giving teaching staff significant and meaningful development, both professionally and personally.

Kirstina teaches Year 5 at Villanova College, an Independent Catholic school that caters for boys from Years 5-12. Previous to this, she spent three years teaching in a co-ed Catholic Education school in Innisfail, where she taught Years 5 and 6.