Student IndependencePosted on: 12/12/2019
This term has seen a drive from teachers to develop students’ resilience, which means the ability and capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. Research has shown that students who have a ‘challenge’ mind-set, those who see things as a challenge and not as a threat, tend to make much better progress than those who do not have this mind-set and give up when faced with difficulties. Developing habits of persistence, independence and metacognition, which is when students are aware of their own processes for learning, their own thoughts and feelings and are able to reflect on their strengths and areas of weaknesses have been shown to be crucial for achieving academic success. These messages are being shared with students in assemblies and in lessons and any support that you as parents and guardians can provide will be well received.
Memorisation is a large part of our Knowledge Curriculum as students are expected to know a great deal more and apply that knowledge in a variety of ways. The following website provides useful hints and suggestions as to how students can increase their capacity to remember and suggests ways that parents can help support their young person.
We have also had several teacher training sessions on how to encourage student independence. Students are being encouraged to ensure they are well organised, actively engage in all lessons and ensure they take part in extra-curricular activities outside of formal lessons. Form time activities have been arranged to include activities which have encourage the qualities of resilience, persistence and independence. The poster below is displayed in all classrooms in order to remind students about our expectations.
Alongside this has been a real emphasis on reading outside of lessons. Recent studies have shown that the reading ability of students is a good predictor of academic outcome. Students and staff alike have taken part in several Flash Read events, when every member of the school stops what they are doing and read for 20 minutes. These sessions have been well received and with support from you as parents and carers we can ensure that our students develop the habits of lifelong readers and thus become lifelong learners. Attached is a link to the Literacy section on the school website where you can find a recommended reading list of fictional and non-fictional books which students should be encouraged to read to supplement their studies. This would make fantastic Christmas gifts for your young person.
Ms. Tayo Amosu
Teaching & Learning