What is it about face to face Learning?

Peter Wilson – Director of Co-curricular Activities

Last week we welcomed back our Preppies, Year 1, 11 and 12 students. This time has given me an opportunity to reflect on the differences of teaching online versus face to face.

What follows is not an academic treatise and is not intended to be representative of any group of teachers, but purely personal reflections of what I feel works as a teacher.

Face to face learning and teaching is far more nuanced than anything online, far more personal, far more human.

Students tend only to rely on two senses online, that being vision and hearing. My online lessons have been, by necessity, teacher-led and mainly verbal. In the classroom, for both teacher and student, all the senses are firing and the experience is far more encompassing. The input of stimuli from all these senses strengthens neural pathways, which enhances memory and understanding.

What I did not realise, was my reliance on student body language to gauge their understanding and engagement. A frown, a curl of the lips, a widening of the eyes, a slouch and seat position are just some of the cues that trigger my teaching actions to determine student understanding, task attention, motivation and focus.

By simply moving around the classroom and changing my proximity to the students I can re-engage their focus and boost their motivation.

Online platforms tend to stilt the natural flow of conversation, inhibiting the spontaneous class discussions that allow real-life examples to flow and frame new concepts. These spontaneous discussions also reveal weaknesses in learning and teaching.

Peer learning is essentially lost in the online world as there is limited opportunity to work with others. Students teaching students in a guided manner is a powerful classroom learning tool.

As a teacher, it has been a lot harder to check student accountability. Moving around the real-world classroom enables one to get instant feedback on each student’s pace and work ethic. The students have also relayed to me how it is easier to get distracted at home compared to in the classroom.

This is not to say that the Learning from Home was ineffectual. It was a fantastic gateway to bring SCOTS PGC College into the home. Many other students around Australia did not have the opportunity to get their teachers beamed into their lounge rooms for virtual lessons. Our staff worked tirelessly to bring a powerful learning experience to students through the online platforms.

I personally have improved my skills in the IT world through this experience and it has, I believe helped me become a better teacher.

That being said, I can honestly say, that for now, I do not think I will be replaced by a computer or some form of AI. The human element of teaching is still what makes the classroom, the playing field or the music centre the most powerful of learning places.

 

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Week 6 Drop off Arrangements

We are very excited to welcome back all students to the College on Monday 25 May. As per the communication sent home to parents this …

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Week 6 Drop off Arrangements

We are very excited to welcome back all students to the College on Monday 25 May.

As per the communication sent home to parents this week, it is important to note that the College is committed to keeping our families safe whilst they are on site.  Student drop off and pick up times present an increased risk of transmission of COVID-19 and it is important that any congregation of students and families in this time is minimised.

Please familiarise yourself with the following before and after school arrangements for all sub schools:

JUNIOR SCHOOL – Before and After School Arrangements  

All Junior School students should be dropped at the Junior School steps.  Staff members and Year 5 student leaders will be on duty each day to welcome the students and ensure they safely make their way into the Junior School areas.  As is our normal arrangements, students must not arrive at the College before 8.15am as there is no supervision available.

At the conclusion of the school day, students will be walked to the Junior School steps to be collected.  Parents are asked to meet them at this location and wait at the bottom of the stairs, not outside their classrooms or in the Prep play area.

Parents and carers should not enter classroom or office spaces unless they have arranged an appointment with their child’s teacher.  Parents can continue to make contact with staff via SEQTA or by phoning College Reception and leaving a message.

 

SENIOR AND MIDDLE SCHOOL – Before and After School Arrangements  

Senior and Middle School students should arrive and depart from their normal locations, with parents and carers remaining in cars wherever possible.  As is our usual arrangements, students must not arrive at the College before 8.15am as there is no supervision available.

Parents and carers should not enter classroom or office spaces unless they have arranged an appointment with their child’s teacher.  Parents can continue to make contact with staff via SEQTA or by phoning College Reception and leaving a message.

 

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Your Favourite Iso Activities

This week’s SCOTS Connect activity was ‘What’s your favourite indoor or outdoor activity?’. Thank you to all the students who sent through their great submissions! …

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Your Favourite Iso Activities

This week’s SCOTS Connect activity was ‘What’s your favourite indoor or outdoor activity?’. Thank you to all the students who sent through their great submissions! We love to see all the different ways everyone is filling in their time.

The winners are; Connor VanBennekom, Stephanie McCosker and Jesse Bohm. Congratulations! Please see Mrs Cartmill at Reception to receive your prize.

NEXT WEEK’S CHALLENGE – FAVOURITE FAMILY MEAL!

 

Brock Tozer – Year 4

Nicholas Jackson – Year 6

Stephanie McCosker – Year 2

Jesse Bohm – Year 9

Maggie Myer – Year 8

Ben Carey – Year 8

Connor Van Bennekom – Year 7

Phoebe Sellick – Year 7

Ellyse Kruger – Year 7

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Flu Vaccines – Bookings close TODAY

A reminder that the influenza vaccine clinic will take place next Friday 29th May 2020 and TODAY (Friday 22 May) is the last day to …

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Flu Vaccines – Bookings close TODAY

A reminder that the influenza vaccine clinic will take place next Friday 29th May 2020 and TODAY (Friday 22 May) is the last day to book in.

Bookings can be made by clicking on the link below – the process is very easy!

https://www.gobookings.com/au/clients/04041964239141

Below is a copy of the consent form which will also be sent directly to you with your receipt of payment. This must be signed and returned to the College Health Centre prior to next Friday, otherwise the immunisation can not be given. This form can be scanned and emailed directly to the Health Centre at the details below.

Please direct any questions to the Health Centre.

Phone: 07 4666 9803

Email – health.centre@scotspgc.com.au

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National Boarding Week 17-23 May 2020

This week is National Boarding Week – a time to recognise and celebrate our boarding students, staff and the life and character they add to …

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National Boarding Week 17-23 May 2020

This week is National Boarding Week – a time to recognise and celebrate our boarding students, staff and the life and character they add to our College.  We enjoyed sharing some stories from our boarders which included some light hearted information about their favourite home cooked meals right through to what they believe is best about boarding at SCOTS.

We are looking forward to the return of our remaining boarding students as they travel back to their respective boarding houses this Sunday.  We hope to celebrate in a more fitting way once our boarding houses are back on deck.

In the meantime, please enjoy learning a little more about some of our boarding students.