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Enhanced Learning

‘Engaging the Disengaged’

The aim of this element is to turn students back onto their learning.

The focus is to re-engage students in their learning.  To achieve that we have to let them take control of their learning in an environment that is different to the classroom.  It is essential to re-engage the disengaged by having adult and young adult mentors teaching, coaching and playing with the students.  Mentoring is the core teaching and learning methodology.

The reality is that we have students who are not as engaged in our classrooms as we would like them to be. The focus of this element is to enhance the learning of those students by allowing them to personalise their learning through stimulating programs and experiences that are child centred, developmentally appropriate and structured in a different way to their classroom. At the heart of this students are working on self-determined learning goals and being involved in engaging workshops.

The capacity to further engage the community, universities and local high schools in enhanced learning is possible.  Integral to the success of enhanced learning is the involvement of parents, local organisations and businesses.  When community members give their time to teach something they know and love to young people everyone benefits.

The notion of enhanced learning is to provide an extension to the school day which is not seen as more of the same  – more time at school, but an opportunity to pursue student generated learning goals and undertake stimulating activities which are both engaging and broaden the students experiential base and develop new skills. To engage the disengaged, student choice shapes and directs the learning and this choice making takes place in the real world. These experiences must be relevant to the student and not organised to meet the sometime artificial construct of a curriculum that must be surmounted or powered through.

Enhanced learning at its best provides students an opportunity to work on collaboratively determined learning goals.  They come up with what they want to get better at and work with people who can help them get better at that skill or talent. Enhanced learning is about further learning and that applies to youth and adults alike.  The potential for enhanced learning is that everyone could be part of the educative process. In the long-term future many programs could be running after regular school hours. With community members sharing their skills and recognizing that they can make a significant contribution to student learning, it will be easier for them in the future to share that expertise during the school day. This furthers the notion of schools becoming genuine community learning organisations.

From ‘Creating Powerful Learning Relationships’  A Whole School Community Approach Otero, Csoti and Rothstadt HBE 2011

 

The Program

3:45pm -4:00pm Snack Physical activity

4:00pm -4:30pm Homework (assigned classroom tasks or work to move towards pre-determined learning goals designed by class teachers)

4:30pm-5:30pm Switching onto success activity – Interest based, involve student choice & match volunteer skill sets

5:30pm – 5:45pm Circle Time – Parent collection from group leaders – circle time to focus on celebrating and sharing program values

A term will run for 6-8 weeks excluding the first and last weeks of term.

Two sessions a week will be held, which will normally be 16 sessions per term.