Kerran thinks it is unacceptable that students learn facts not skills. Unfortunately, when Kerran began the program 1 in 5 students didn’t believe that school was helping them become the person they want to be, only 1 in 4 students believed that what they were learning in school was relevant, and 35% of 15-year olds showed low proficiency in problem solving. Kerran thinks that students MUST develop and learn life skills and he believes in a school where students are taught to be tomorrow’s leaders.
The key to Kerran’s initiative was to develop life skills through non-traditional teaching programs.
Kerran started by recognising how many students were disengaged. Based on this he discussed with staff and students the lack of inclusion of the general capabilities in teaching and learning. He developed a professional learning community with other staff to discuss/plan ways to increase the inclusion of the general capabilities. A PLC was developed with three curriculum leaders, who created record keeping methods to collate data of how the general capabilities are included in maths, HPE and sport excursions. Based on this data the program was trialled with two sporting teams.
Kerran’s initiative has already positively impacted at least 16 students by providing them with opportunities to develop their general capabilities. It has further impacted the 14 staff who have been involved in the PLC developing this initiative.
“One staff member wasn’t keen on change but he is now altering his focus to develop general capabilities rather than primarily focusing on maths skills.”
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Kerran would love your support for LIFE, 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 Kerran and we can connect you. Feel free to cheer him on in the comments below as well.
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