Setting out educational ideas for high achieving girls

Teaching and Learning Update

To start with, an update from our Teaching and Learning Groups, and one from the Independent Learning Team this week. Emma Heymans is part of the group working on this part of our School Development Plan:

 Independent Learning Update

During the summer term, year 7 Biologists piloted lessons using Kagan learning techniques.  These techniques require the students to work cooperatively in order to learn new material independently.  The pilot proved a complete success and since then more have been incorporated into our Science lessons.   I will soon be offering, to all staff, some lunch time sessions to demonstrate such techniques in the hope that this inspires them to have a go in their classroom.  During year 12 induction week all students completed a questionnaire to help me assess where they felt least confident in their learning.  Christine Todd, from Admissions at Liverpool University, met with me last week to discuss the results of this survey.  We are hoping to use this information to work together on developing independent learning initiatives for our sixth form students.

 South Africa

Thank you for your support with our visitors from South Africa and Namibia: Cath Arnold’s success in getting International School status is a wonderful part of that process. Please watch this short video made by Louise Attwood of Tando Bebi teaching Xhosa to our girls.

 Watch this here 

Using podcasts to help learning

Finally, an MP3 file – broadcast about two great mathematicians. This is an excellent way of helping pupils to stretch their learning, to set as a homework perhaps. The internet is an amazing source of information.

 Download here.

 As you are listening to Newton and Leibniz, consider these facts:

  • 40% of teenagers spend more time online than they do with their friends
  • 90% of the world’s data has been created in the past two years
  • 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute
  • 2.5 billion pieces of content are shared on Facebook every day
  • 80 per cent of young people believe they are more likely to get away with bullying online than in real life.

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