Teaching and Learning

There is extensive and well documented evidence about the kinds of teaching approaches that consistently have a positive impact on student's learning. Since 2013 we have held parent meetings to share more and the requirements on schools to create innovative and flexible learning environments.

As the school  improves, renovates and builds new learning spaces we continue to have a firm eye on the core business of teaching and learning.  We are using new building opportunity to create spaces which support and enhance the the best teaching and learning for the 21st Century.

The snippets, photos, videos and commentary below about teaching and learning for today's children are from a selection that may have already been shared in previous newsletters and commentary.  

As always please drop in and see me if you have any questions. 
Mark Osborne on 'Considering Modern Learning Environments'
Growth Mindsets  
Carol Dweck's book 'Mindset' is a very interesting read about reaching our potential and developing 'growth mindsets' as opposed to 'fixed mindsets'.   In our revised school charter our school community would like children to be developing numerous skills and qualities as they progress through school.  Among many things we want children to love learning, love a challenge, always try hard, use feedback to get better, to be positive, adaptable, friendly, confident, resilient, curious, widely connected, accepting of diversity, ready for the next step of learning and overall good citizens to contribute to our society.
Carol Dweck's work raises the notion of fixed versus growth mindsets.
"Believing that your most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work - brains and talent are just the starting point!"
What mindsets do you see in your children?

You may be interested in this 9 minute clip of Carol Dweck talking about 'What is the Secret to Raising Smart Kids'. "Don't tell your kids that they are. More than three decades of research shows that a focus on 'process' - not on intelligence of ability - is key to success in school and in life." Carol S Dweck.