Learning and Teaching at Gilson College

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Developing Academic Rigour with All Students

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A quote from an email I received today from secondaryliteracy@lists.tki.org.nz (Emphasis mine)

Keir Whipp, Head of English, Aorere College, Auckland, NZ writes:

‘…academic rigour is there with all students, and this is certainly true of [indigenous] students…

What works well for me [Keir Whipp] is (to list a few things):

  • Establishing sound [teacher/student] relationships(Why should I trust you? How do I know you care about my learning?),
  • Having high expectations(age-appropriate texts, inclusive texts),
  • Gaining student voicein what students learn and how they’re going to learn.
  • [Providing] Good exemplars[is] very important. Show students what Excellence looks like, and break down the parts to show students how they can achieve this
  • [Giving] Academic specific feed-back and feed-forward(whole class and individual) is vital, as this shows students what they need to do next to get to where they’re going (and they need to know where they’re going).
  • Also, Sound differentiation. Offer a chance for a group-conference for those who want more learning, whilst the remainder of the class work[s] on the next stage independently.’

All worth applying in our practice with our students for their increased achievement

Author: Sandra England

Learning & Teaching Coordinator F-12 at Gilson College, an Adventist Schools Victoria school. Twitter: @GCLandT or @sandy_e

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