At CCC we acknowledge the tremendous variations in both the timing and rate of growth between individuals within a cohort. We understand that the changes our students are undergoing will impact upon their learning and well-being so we are exploring classroom management strategies that address these ongoing changes.
Middle Years teachers are designing lessons that include a range of sensory motor experiences and emotion to increase attention span and enhance memory. They are using inquiry or problem-based learning to encourage students to ask and answer questions. They are encouraging students to write reflectively each day to strengthen connections in the brain thus giving students time to consolidate learning and seek meaning between various activities. Peer collaboration and co-operative learning is encouraged, making use of the great range of academic and social maturities while developing group problem-solving skills. Students are sometimes allowed to make choices in their learning that are relevant to their interests.
Middle years classrooms are flexible learning spaces that allow students freedom of movement and some choice (within parameters) in where, when and how they work.
– Article by Vicki Venz (Head of Middle Years)