We have undertaken a review of Wednesday classes for Year 10 students who are not undertaking a VET program in 2021. This review has shown that there is an opportunity to provide a more structured, yet also unstructured approach to learning for students who are present on that day. Taking into account what we have learnt during remote learning and the positive response to independent learning days where students are able to focus on tasks and learning that they wish to complete, we are going to trial independent learning on-site which is still structured but less bound on the timetable.
Year 10 students will engage in their normal Maths class period 1 on Wednesdays and they will also engage in their normal practical/elective subjects at the normal times on their timetable. In the other periods, students will be supervised in a classroom to undertake independent learning. Teachers will be placing content tasks, revision tasks, study habit tasks and other relevant material onto their subject Google Classrooms and students can choose when in the day to undertake those tasks or if there is something else urgent that must be completed, they can work on that also. The teacher in the room will be there to assist students in managing their workload for the day increasing time management skills, working through troubles that they come across and to guide the students if they feel they have nothing to complete on how to revise or set themselves up for future learning. We believe that having this independent study on-site provides a valuable opportunity for coaching of the students. As this is a trial, I welcome feedback throughout the term as we trial this approach to Year 10 students and their Wednesday program.
Learning and Teaching Leader