Al­ter­na­tive Learn­ing In­tro­duced

South Waikato News - - Out & About - TA­MARA THORN

For­est View High School has started an al­ter­na­tive learn­ing pro­gramme tar­get­ing in­ter­me­di­ate and year 10 stu­dents..

The pro­gramme is set to move away from tra­di­tional learn­ing and fo­cus more on fu­ture learn­ing where 19 teams of four to five stu­dents take re­spon­si­bil­ity for their own learn­ing.

Head of Phys­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and sport and project leader of sport and ed­u­ca­tion, Martin Ash, said the project is a learn­ing en­quiry about de­vel­op­ing a Li­ons sup­port­ers pack­age for the Li­ons vs All Blacks games.

‘‘Its about en­gag­ing kids and mak­ing learn­ing fun,’’ he said ‘‘the kids are in charge of their learn­ing.’’

Over three days the stu­dents will cre­ate a sup­port­ers pack­age in­clud­ing itin­er­ary, us­ing mar­ket and bud­get­ing skills and team­work.

Teams were formed based on dif­fer­ent in­di­vid­ual skills to bring the best out­come for each group.

Each team chose a tar­get au­di­ence and a bud­get to stick to in or­der to com­plete their 35 day pack­age.

‘‘It will be good to see the end prod­uct in just a few days in­stead of tak­ing a whole team to com­plete.’’ Olivia Macpher­son

‘‘You use knowl­edge of ev­ery sub­jects and back­grounds,’’ he said, ‘‘they [stu­dents] put into ac­tion ev­ery­thing they have learnt in class.’’ ‘‘Its about be­ing cre­ative and in­ven­tive.’’ Ash said it is in­no­va­tive learn­ing, al­low­ing the stu­dents to re­search and find so­lu­tions rather then a teacher giv­ing stu­dents di­rec­tions and an­swers. ‘‘Its about crit­i­cally think­ing.’’ For­est view stu­dent Olivia Macpher­son said it’s in­ter­est­ing be­ing in a dif­fer­ent learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment, but said ‘‘It will be good to see the end prod­uct in just a few days in­stead of tak­ing a whole team to com­plete.’’

Ash said ‘‘We are tar­get­ing the ju­nior school, get­ting them in while they are young an get­ting them used to this style of teach­ing.

On the last day par­ents and care­givers at­tend the re­veal of com­pleted pack­ages which stu­dents had try and sell their idea to their tar­get au­di­ence.

Prizes were given out for the top sell­ing pack­ages, with par­ents and care­givers choos­ing the win­ners.

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