Dear Parents and Friends,
This week teaching and learning teams from across the College have been focusing on the importance of providing time for our students to reflect on their learning.
Reflection helps students not only to remember but also to actively participate in the learning experience.
Reflection is thinking about the ways new learning fits in to what we already know.
Reflection allows us to make connections between new learning and previous experiences.
We interact with new information: making observations, asking questions, and comparing our understandings with those posed by others.
Reflective activities in the classroom help to make thinking visible, enabling our students to learn from one another and to gain greater insights into their own thinking and learning processes.
For reflection to be effective it needs to focus on the knowledge and understanding that has been gained from a learning experience as well as the processes that were developed to gain this knowledge.
In other words, we want our students to reflect on what they learnt as well as how they investigated, communicated and / or participated in pairs, small groups or whole class contexts to access this learning.
Reflection also has a future focus.
We ask the questions:
- Where do I now go with this learning? and
- In what new contexts can my learning be applied?
Great food for thought as we rapidly head towards the middle of our school year.
Thank you for your great support of our College.
Kind regards, Claire Kelly
“Great teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging students to create their own passage forward.” Nikos Kazantzakis
Shepparton Education Plan
Staff from each of the four Secondary schools have been involved in a series of forums with the Architects from Gray Puksand discussing possibilities for the new school master planning process.
Student workshops have also been held at Shepparton High School to enable current students in both our feeder primary schools and the four Alliance Secondary schools to contribute to the planning process.
The VSBA have also scheduled a third round of community consultation, this time specifically on the new school design.
Please get involved, attend workshops, and fill in the online survey as we want to hear from you!
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