STUDENT LED INTERVIEWS Ballarat Secondary College Middle Years Initiative. Student Led interviews • Why run them? 1. Traditional parent/teacher interviews poorly attended. 2. Students have little understanding of how they learn – metacognition. 3. Students not making the best use of teacher feedback on assessment tasks. 4. Students not fully participating in their learning. How & Where to run SLIs. • Mentor Groups ..... Pastoral , social skills, resilience, community focus. • Goal setting and monitoring for improvement. • One teacher to 12 students. • Teacher as interested adult/mentor. Mentor Groups & SLIs • Focus on understanding how students best take in information: Visual Aural Reading & Writing Kinaesthetic • MICCUPS: Which intelligences do students use most? Which might they develop? How can they develop the ones they don’t use? • Learning Styles Inventory. Mentor Groups & SLIs. • Students assess their progress by discussing their work with Mentor teacher and peers. • Prepare a template for their interview. • Decide on the work samples they will discuss. • Demonstrate the skills they are developing and what they have learned about the subject and themselves through the process. • Review goals set and decide on what new goals should be. Stop .. Start.. Continue. Plusses and Minuses. • Attendance of parents at SLIs increased from 30% to 90%. ( in first year) • Still close to 80%. • Kinaesthetic learners tend to prefer “show and tell” & focus on their “hands on” learning. • Some parents still want to see every teacher. Link Between Mentor & SLI Success • Some Mentor groups operated very well.... Teacher skill and enthusiasm/ownership. • Others less successful...Some students & teachers resistant or unable to build relationships within the group. • High teacher turnover has a very negative impact. Where to from here? • Individual Learning Plans • Every teacher is a Mentor teacher and Mentor is a “real” subject with 2 periods a week and a report. • Shared Groups - 24 students with 2 teachers. • Small group session - 6 students with their mentor investigate progress in each subject.
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