This year The Bidgee School and other schools across the riverina are implementing the How2learn program.
How2learn stands for higher order ways to learn and means going from good to great.
How2learn is a strategy focused on building students capacity to learn.
It helps students to develop a clever learner's toolkit that gives young people the skills to become:
successful learners, who enjoy learning, make connections and transfer knowledge and skills
confident Individuals who are able to live a safe, healthy and fulfilling life.
active and responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to the wellbeing of present and future generations.
All staff at The Bidgee School have undergone training in how2learn and are embeding the program in all areas across the school to encourage success and build aspirations.
Staff have an understanding that everyone can rise to the challenge if we teach them the skills they need and provide opportunities to practise these skills until they become habits.
We encourage our children to reflect on how and why goals have been achieved and what they can do to continue improving.
Teachers will use a range of positive teaching practices that can be utilised with all students to encourage clever thinking and lifelong learning.
Staff will be talking the language of learning and students will learn a vast new learning vocabulary such as reciprocity, resilience, resourcefulness, reflectiveness, responsibility, collaboration, interdependance, distilling and accountability just to list a few.
This new vocabulary will be taught explicitly so that students understand the meaning of the word and how it applies to their learning and life.
The How2learn strategy empowers learners by developing 5 dispositions and 22 habits that improve all round learning fitness.