From the Assistant Principal

Important Dates for Term 1

Tuesday 8 March: Bethany in Action Open Day 3-6pm. Students dismissed at 12:49 pm. School specials arranged to pick up students at 1:00

Friday 11 March: Bethany Day. Normal school hours

Thursday 24 March: Holy Thursday. Normal school hours and sport.

Friday 25th March: Good Friday. School closed

Monday 28 March: Easter Monday. School closed

Friday 8th May: Last day of Term 1. Normal school hours.

 

Self Directed Learning:

We began 2016 as a learning community focusing on Self Directed Learning, one of our five principles of learning. Bethany College is a place where teachers and students work together to be Self-Directed Learners:

  • Where learning is personalised to empower students to take charge of their own learning and become lifelong learners
  • Where students take initiative and responsibility for their own learning
  • Where students are self-reflective and engage with feedback to set their learning goals, defining what their learning needs and interests are.

To develop this, we set aside teaching time to instruct why goal setting, monitoring and assessing matters and model how to do it.

Why is goal the goal setting process important?

“growing body of research indicates that when students are working on goals they themselves have set, they are more motivated and efficient, and they achieve more than they do when working on goals that have been set by the teacher” (Hom and Murphy, 1983 p. 104).

Research by Carol Dweck (1989) also showed that children with learning goals tend to choose challenging tasks regardless of their ability; they take every opportunity to get better; they quickly generate possible strategies for mastering a task and persist in finding answers; and in the case of failure, students’ self-esteem remains unaffected.

Students spent time in homeroom setting general learning goals in their diary and I would encourage parents and carers to have a look at the goals set, and encourage the girls to work through their strategies and monitor their progress over the term. This is a vital part of the process because just stating the goals is not enough, in fact it can work against us to share our goals, because we feel we are part way to achieving them. (For more on this… https://www.ted.com/talks/derek_sivers_keep_your_goals_to_yourself?language=en ) What is important at this stage is to offer to assist by helping to monitor their goals. Ask questions: How are you going? What strategies are working for you? How else could we look at this? Is there anything I can help you with?

A big step towards achieving your goals is developing and maintaining a growth mindset.

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The attitudes you have learnt and develop will influence the way you view goal setting. Approaching a task with a negative and self-defeating attitude makes it much harder to actually be successful at that task.

You need to have a positive attitude when you are setting and trying to achieve your goals. A positive attitude means you are looking for ways to succeed rather than focusing on the difficulties and obstacles that could be in your path.

To help create a Growth Mindset

  • Each day note down something you did towards achieving your goals… Including your mistakes
  • Note down any changes someone else has noticed eg. your teacher says well done on.
  • Find a mentor or helper to encourage you to achieve your goals.
  • Never say ‘I can’t’, instead say “ I can’t do it yet”

At the end of the term students will, with the help of their teachers assess where they are in the journey toward achieving their goals, and reset/ readjust their goals for the following term.

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Jacinta Russo

Assistant Principal