“Tell me and I forget,
show me and I remember,
involve me and I understand.”
- What is the key idea?
- What big questions will we explore?
- Why is it important to know this?
- What skills, strategies, qualities and values will we learn along the way?
Numeracy lessons follow a similar model to our literacy lessons with a mix of targeted teaching to the point of need, independent learning to practise concepts and small group or partner work. Targeted teaching is flexible in nature meaning that students may be working in different groups and at different levels depending on the concept that is being taught.
More traditional approaches are supplemented with the 5E’s inquiry model. This approach encourages students to question, surmise, generalise and form meaningful links and connections to other skills and concepts.
- Engage -tuning in
- Explore- going deeper
- Explain- explicit teaching
- Elaborate -applying concepts
- Evaluate-Assessing Knowledge
The teaching of high quality literacy programs creates students that are confidently able to understand, communicate and interact with others and with the world around them. Writing and reading are intricately linked and are often taught alongside each other for the best outcomes.
Teachers in classes F/1 and 2/3 are trained in the Multisensory Structured Language (MSL) approach for teaching reading and spelling. It is a systematic and cumulative approach simultaneously involving the use of visual, auditory, and kinaesthetic-tactile pathways to enhance memory and learning of written language.
At all levels of the school Parkhill uses the CAFE model, which focuses on the four main elements of reading:
- Expanding Vocabulary
This approach allows students to work on at their own level by choosing books to read that are ‘good fit’ for them individually.
During readers’ workshops teachers will run ‘mini lessons’ for a small group of students that target specific skills no matter what level the students are reading at. These groups are flexible and change often to meet the needs of each student.
This approach also allows teachers to conference with individual students and to set, work towards and reassess individual reading goals and targets.
Using a common approach and language around reading ensures that the students are able to understand their reading development and expand on it as they move through the levels of their schooling.
Our Parkhill TV program develops multi-media such as journalism, acting, directing, and screenwriting.
The Socratic Discussions teach critical thinking through the preparation of robust discussions about important issues.
We have a Leadership program to grow our leaders of the future.
The Tutor Learning Initiative will continue with individual and small group targeted intervention provided to identified students. Students needing support are identified through data analysis and ongoing assessment. Targeted teaching intervention to improve student outcomes further supports classroom programs.