Mo­ti­vated, en­gaged learn­ers

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - SCHOOL OF THE WEEK -

STU­DENT mo­ti­va­tion and en­gage­ment is one of the foun­da­tion stones to de­vel­op­ing pos­i­tive learn­ing be­hav­iours.

In the spirit of con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment and in light of cur­rent re­search, Bishop Druitt Col­lege has em­barked on trans­form­ing our teach­ing and learn­ing phi­los­o­phy to cre­ate more mo­ti­vated and en­gaged learn­ers.

BDC is in­cor­po­rat­ing the Walker Learn­ing Ap­proach from Kinder­garten to Year 4.

Kathy Walker de­vel­oped this teach­ing and learn­ing ap­proach. Kathy is re­garded in­ter­na­tion­ally as a lead­ing cur­ricu­lum, teach­ing and learn­ing ex­pert in per­son­alised and play-based learn­ing.

The most com­mon ques­tions I get asked about this change is: “What is Walker Learn­ing and why make the change?”

The an­swer is sim­ple. The Walker Learn­ing ap­proach sup­ports chil­dren in de­vel­op­ing their strengths in an en­vi­ron­ment that is con­ducive to dis­cov­ery, cu­rios­ity and en­gage­ment in their learn­ing jour­ney.

I have seen Walker Learn­ing in ac­tion in my pre­vi­ous school in West­ern Aus­tralia where the chil­dren im­proved in both their lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy do­mains but also en­joyed their school­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Class­room be­hav­iours and fo­cus also im­proved, as stu­dents were keen to learn more.

I am very ex­cited to bring this in­no­va­tive ap­proach to the Coffs Coast.

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