Danielle thinks it is unacceptable that student needs are not the focus of ‘their’ learning. Unfortunately, when Danielle began the program, 1 in 4 students thought that what they were learning was irrelevant for their lives and more than 40% of students were unproductive in a given year. Danielle thinks that students’ needs need to be addressed, and she believes in a school where student needs are the centre of their learning no matter what this might look like.
The key to Danielle’s initiative was engaging students who are disengaged from their SACE, to help them find a purpose and to succeed.
Danielle started by pitching to her principle and then being allocated a block of time to work with four year 11 and 12 students, to identify their needs and work together to find success. During the allotted time students brought along any work that they needed to work on, including their research project, PLP, TAFE and VET modules and community studies. As students responded well more and more time was dedicated to working with them in these small groups.
Danielle’s initiative has already positively impacted the four students who regularly attend and work positively towards completing their SACE.
“A year 12 boy who was regularly attending school but wasn’t connecting with his learning has now completed his SACE. This students has a unique outlook on his future, however didn’t believe he would ever succeed. Our focus was finishing his project on cage fighting, which he is interested in. Since engaging with him on his project he has not only successfully completed it but has also achieved some B grade aspects on this.”
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Danielle would love your support for Working Together, or for you to start a similar program in your school, and she’d love to hear about any ideas you have or lend a hand where she can. Shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to get in touch with Danielle and we can connect you. Feel free to cheer her on in the comments below as well.
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