At the start of the Changemaker Program, Sean articulated his belief in a school where every student is taught in a way that meets their learning needs, but the reality at the time was that some teachers at his school were still using chalk and talk pedagogies, 25% of students we’re being given opportunities to learn with their hands, and that low SES and Indigenous students were being particularly impacted. Sean decided to tackle student engagement and staff capacity head on through his change project, ‘Creating a Paperless Classroom’.
To kick off ‘Creating a Paperless Classroom; Learning through using our hands’ Sean introduced the rest of the staff at his school to the same statistics that moved him to action, demonstrating the fact that they weren’t meeting the learning needs of the low SES and Indigenous students adequately.
He created a committee, dedicated to supporting teachers with pedagogies that best meet the needs of these students, and held workshops engaging both staff and Indigenous and low SES students to compare the difference between ‘chalk and talk’ and hands-on learning.
Recognising the time involved in developing new resources for teaching, Sean created a pack of resources for his colleagues so that lessons were ready to go, and he team taught alongside educators who wanted to teach using a differentiated approach so that they had more support to do so.
Sean’s change project has had a positive and significant impact on 90% of the targeted Indigenous and low SES students at his school to date. In one year, thanks to Sean’s leadership and support of his colleagues, a differentiated approach to all learning will be one of the strategic directions taken by the school in it’s next three year planning cycle.
Sean told us the story of one of his colleagues.
“A teacher with more than 10 years experience was adamant that textbooks and worksheets were the best and only way to teach has now come around to the idea of hand on differentiated learning. As a result the teacher has been reinvigorated with the teaching profession and called the program revitalising as it has given them the that they can meet the needs of all of their students.”
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Sean would love your support for Creating a Paperless Classroom, or for you to start a similar program in your school, and he’d love to hear about any ideas you have or lend a hand where he can. Shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to get in touch with Sean and we can connect you. Feel free to cheer him on in the comments below as well.
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