Sound Familiar?

School was mostly a journey with people you first met in Prep or Year 7 and progressed with each year to Year 12. Up to the 70's not all needed that final year as many jobs could be found with Year 10. Cadetships and apprenticeships also reduced that number along the way. Now Year 12 in its many forms is the norm.

A class consisted of many rows of students listening to a teacher giving out facts. Primary students had mainly one teacher for the year, whilst Secondary students were constantly mixing and changing groups at the sound of the bell. Knowledge was dispensed by the teacher, often from a book.  It didn't seem to matter that the facts may be outdated. They were delivered at their rate and your job was to listen (Johhny doesn't listen in class), write it down and memorize them (Joanne doesn't do her homework), before disgorging them in a test, so you can be graded. These grades were held as great predictors by teachers and parents as to your future success. In effect, school was preparing you for your job. 

After Year 12 or Uni you would be hired as a junior to learn the ropes and then be expected to climb the ladder with experience in that company. Like school, the company would help workers develop slowly and steadily into leaders and specialists until they retire after many years.

School was a place you arrived very early, spent most of the day writing and only looked forward to recess and lunchtime as the best part of the day. Yet if this was your experience I'm sure you met some teachers that brought subjects alive and were about giving you the understanding to let you discover at your own pace.

Welcome to  21st Century learning where inquiry and investigation are at the forefront.

Learning and Innovation Skills

  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Creativity and imagination
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving

Information, Media and Technology Skills

  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Global and cultural awareness
  • Information literacy
  • Leadership

Learning and Innovation Content

English, reading or language arts
World languages
Arts
Mathematics
Economics
Science
Geography
History
Image

Then

Curiosity

As a Science teacher, I have experienced a Yr 7 student climb out through a window during a class and Yr 8 girls determined to create mayhem in every practical class! It doesn't matter who or what the problem is - learning requires natural curiosity for meaningful interaction to take place. 

Value the Question

This is all pre Internet, in particular, Google! I was fortunate to have Wood Tech at both schools willing to pool their knowledge and resources as often the majority of students also did this subject. Interested Geography, Social Science and Physics teachers also made time for the students.

Individual, group and class success.

Groups of 4, chosen by themselves provided that they had different skills. The assessment was a presentation about the heater and water temperature hitting 50C. Innovation and ingenuity highly valued. In reality, they all helped each other as the water heaters were displayed to the whole school.

Curiosity

As a Science teacher, I have experienced a Yr 7 student climb out through a window during a class and Yr 8 girls determined to create mayhem in every practical class! It doesn't matter who or what the problem is - learning requires natural curiosity for meaningful interaction to take place. 

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