Mature , independent young people, or fresh out of Year 11? Our 6th formers are a bit of both, so a flexible, personalised approach is needed, but above all they need developing as independent learners. How this independence and personal responsibility is cultivated is vital – both in and outside the classroom.
Nadia, Jeremy and Jack spoke on Tuesday about the needs of and for our 6th formers, in particular how they
- are taught how to work by themselves, for themselves
- take ownership and responsibility for their learning
Spec and syllabus information and consistent monitoring through a variety of tests and assessments will keep them focused and knowledgeable in the right, relevant areas. This will also target that sharpness that they often fall down on.
Independent study is vital – for course coverage as well as developing their own accountability and responsibility. Facilitating this is vital – book lists, syllabus specs and past papers, as well as a course breakdown will support and scaffold their learning, which can be brought literally into the lesson.
We are in many ways in an interim stage with our 6th formers – supporting their development as independent workers, and that cord of support has to fluctuate in stretching and tightening across the 2 years they are with us.
Not a pleasant image, but just what students need to engage them and develop their thinking and participation in lessons where we really need their involvement. How we present the information matters – colours, font and subject matter all make a difference when students need to be drawn into the lesson. Marry this with their prior research and independent study and lessons can take off and developed thinking set in.
Next week is VAK strategies with Seamus and Katie, then a new programme for after half term. Get your preferences to me next week.