29 March 2019
Three Key Ideas For Parents About How Students Learn In The Classroom It is sometimes easy to think that our children come to school and all they do is Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. While they do learn these things, they also learn how to learn and use these new found skills in multiple settings. The following are three different ways that this happens:
1. Thinking Deeply The syllabus that we teach from emphasises critical thinking. It requires students to analyse more, discuss more, evaluate more, justify more and explain their thinking and understanding deeply, both verbally and in writing. Key Idea for Parents - Really thinking deeply is hard. Let it BE hard, help them talk it out.
2. Integrating Learning Within the classroom we are regularly learning across multiple learning areas, such as Geography, Mathematics and English, combined into one task. Students spend more time working together with learning areas, structures and tools. Key Idea for Parents - Problems and solutions happen every day in the real world.
3. Showing How They Know Students are encouraged to show proof and evidence of how they know what they have learnt. It is not all about facts memorisations and skill and drill. Even though they do have their place in the classroom, we encourage students to show how they can use that knowledge in other settings. Key Idea for Parents - Transferring knowledge and being able to use it in other situations increases confidence and shows understanding.
How can this be supported at home?
• Ask “why” when children tell you they want something or want to do or not do something.
• Use the word “because” after “No” or “Not tonight”.
• Give reasons - you to them and them to you.
• Encourage questions and answers, especially questions where answers are not yes or no.
• Explain and discuss issues or problems in your house, neighbourhood and community. Brainstorm solutions.
• Compare how things are alike and different - videos, movies, food.
• Look for patterns.
• Describe and categorise stuff.
• Tell your children what you value and why.
• Encourage and celebrate opinions.
• How are you going to challenge your child to become a deep thinker?
Information adapted from www.helloliteracy.blogspot.com
by Jen Jones & Kate Duty
Megan Hobson & Alisa Wind
Stage 1 Coordinators