A Message From the Assistant Principal
- Monday 4/9- Friday 15/9: Year 11 Exam Block
- Tuesday 19/9: Year 12 Graduation Mass, luncheon and Awards Ceremony
- Friday 22/9: Last day of term. Students dismissed after Period 4
Learning Collaboratively- Why is it important?
We are all different in the way we prefer to learn. Some students like to work in groups, and others prefer to work alone. Some students like to discuss things using google docs and some like to work together in person. There is a reason why we have the saying ‘two heads are better than one’. Group tasks can be challenging but also rewarding and it is important that when students work in groups to complete tasks that clear expectations and guidelines are set out. Additionally there needs to be agreement on how to resolve differences of opinion. When group tasks are set at the college, in class time is usually allocated and students are able to use google docs to share and collaborate when at home.
Your daughter says she would prefer to work alone:
- It is great that you are very self-sufficient. Students who prefer to work alone are often confident in their own abilities. However sometimes these students make it more difficult for themselves by not asking for help when they need it. So if your daughter is this type of student, encourage her not to struggle on alone when she get into difficulties or doesn’t understand something. Being able to ask for help when she needs it is an important skill for academic success. Encourage her to try reaching out a little more when she needs help. Class teachers, Lifesavers, Number Crunchers, Science and HSIE Help Desks and after school support in the library are all places you can encourage your daughter to go if she needs assistance
- Encourage your daughter to consider that when she talks about things with other people it can often help her to see things from a different perspective. By discussing ideas with another person, she also may find that she can clarify her own thoughts. By not being open to collaboration, she might not develop her ideas as well as she could or she might not see potential issues that a fresh pair of eyes and ears might discover. If she haven’t done much collaboration, encourage her to give it a try and she might be surprised at how valuable she finds the experience.
- Once she is outside school, at university or in the workforce odds are she is going to need to work as part of a team. In advertising jobs, demonstrated ability to work collaboratively is often essential criteria.
If she already loves working with other people:
- Advise her to make sure that she always contribute equally and not expect other people to do all the work for her.
- Collaboration doesn’t mean cheating. For example, it is ok to discuss an assignment and what you think it is about and how you might approach it, but it is not ok to write the assignment together and hand in similar pieces of work.
- Collaboration also doesn’t mean wasting time. If she is working with other people, discuss ways to make sure the group is staying on task and not getting distracted. It is also important to meet agreed deadlines, so the whole group can move forward
- Every now and then she needs to do things on your own. If she always does her Maths homework with her friends, she might not really know what she can and can’t do on her own. The first time she finds this out could be a test which could be a big issue. Ask – is the work you are doing is going to be enhanced by collaboration or if it is more appropriate to try the work on your own.
- It is important each night she has a certain amount of homework/study time on her own. If she wants to collaborate when she is working at home, make specific times to do this. Don’t communicate the entire night with friends. Instead have set times for collaboration and set times for independent work.