Thank you to Simon, the leadership team and staff for the excellent beginning to Term 3 while I was on Long Service Leave. This is a significant Term in many ways for many students and we are off to a great start.
Recently we have been working on a student coaching model, where a 30 minute coaching, reflection and working session has been held once a fortnight in Homegroups. The purpose of this time is for students and teachers to work to assist students to better plan and direct their learning. It provides students with time to plan their learning across subjects and to have an opportunity to do the specific work they need to do to move learning forward. It is not a teacher-led program on studying and learning. These generally do not work, because of the diversity of needs of learners. Rather, the teachers’ work is to provide individualised support for those who require it and to encourage (and let go) those self-directed students who know exactly what they can best use the time for. Students have the opportunity to be supported to improve attendance, improve classroom participation, build literacy skills, develop a learning plan and more
Here is our framework for Coaching for Academic Care and Wellbeing. Please have a look. You may also be interested in this animation from Carol Dweck ‘How to help every child fulfill their potential’. Coaching for academic care and well-being is based on the premise that establishing a growth mindset is the first step in supporting students to become more self-directed. Students who believe that their ability and skills are fixed are significantly disadvantaged and the first challenge is to break this mindset. Students at Kildare are constantly reminded of this at school, and hopefully at home. Please look at these resources and consider how school and home can present a consistent message about students developing a growth mindset and an increased capacity for directing their own learning.