FROM THE PRINCIPAL
by Mr T Kent
If you are a parent of a primary student I wonder if you have heard of a mystical person by the name of Captain Disposition? Sound familiar? For those who may be unfamiliar, he is the subject of a song being used in many of our classrooms to make students familiar with the Seven Dispositions of Learning, which are underpinning our newly introduced program to actively teach our students the necessary skills to be Critical and Creative Thinkers. This addition to our program has been introduced from Kindergarten and currently extends through to Year 7. It builds 21st Century skills that complement Project Based Learning (PBL) which is being used to reset how our students approach their learning in both the Primary and Secondary years.
In case you are interested, the Seven Dispositions of Learning are:
- Being Open Minded
- A Risk Taker
- Patient and Persistent
- A Ubiquitous Learner (anytime, anywhere)
There is nothing new about these concepts and they will all make sense and be familiar to you as parents. The problem often lies in our assumption that children will naturally display these characteristics or dispositions, rather than intentionally teaching and developing them as part of our children’s education. So that is what we are doing right throughout the primary school and into Year 7 – and it is exciting to see how this simple step of intentionality is impacting on our students and their learning. What else is new? Ask the primary age kids about the crazy hats being used in the classroom – they have a purpose.
Hope you enjoy the rest of this week’s newsletter.