Enjoyable learning for everyone

Enjoyable Learning

HAVE you ever eaten the same meal as a friend and had a completely different experience?

You may have enjoyed the flavour and texture while your friend didn’t. In many ways, that’s how students experience schooling — some are wildly enthusiastic about learning while others are completely uninspired by it. For those in the uninspired camp, the start of the school year signals a long and often difficult road ahead for them. It can be demoralising and create a lot of anxiety.

As I have argued for more than a decade, schools need to provide learning that is inspiring, engaging, relevant and challenging for all learners. The problem with the current model of schooling is that it still relies heavily on motivating students to learn using rewards and punishments. While the carrot and stick approach may work well in the short-term, it doesn’t work long-term or when students are faced with really complex tasks.

We know from the data that young people often become disengaged when they reach year 8 and year 9.

So how do we create an environment where they will persist in the face of challenging tasks, and find personal satisfaction and joy from what they are learning?

We need to replace the carrot and stick approach with one that recognises the diversity of every learner. We need to provide students with greater autonomy with what they learn and how learn. We need also need to give them a stronger voice.

I empathise with the students and parents who wake up this week feeling like schooling will be a year of hard labour. My wish is that one day in the near future, every child will want to attend school, excited, motivated and ready to learn!


Posted By Greg Whitby for NewsLocal at 30/01/2019 10:41:52 AM

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2019 Stations of the Cross
As schools were finishing Term 1, some took the time to reflect on the meaning of Easter and the story of Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice. Two schools in particular, St Andrews Primary School, Marayong and Sacred Heart Primary, Mount Druitt, focused their reflection time on the Stations of the Cross. Photos from St Andrews Stations of the Cross tour and finished off with a photo from Sacred Hearts Primary Schools dramatic interpretation.
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2018-08-22 Showcase Day 2
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2018-08-21 Showcase Day 1
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2018-08-20 Showcase Dress Rehearsal
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2018 Dance for Drought
More than 800 people attended Chisholm Catholic Primary School’s “Dance for Drought” on Thursday night, raising around $4000 for farming families doing it tough in Western NSW.
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Annual CCD Mass 2018
It was a great celebration of this ministry when over 400 SREs from across the Diocese joined the 300 student SREs from Catholic schools for the Annual Diocesan Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) Mass and Awards Ceremony.
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An Education Hub
With a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), the school will be an educational hub for the Science Park and integrate seamlessly with the life and work of the community. Through the use of shared facilities, business-educational partnerships and collaboration on real-world problems, this ‘thinking’ school will prepare students for the STEM-focused knowledge jobs of the future. Mentoring and internships will allow students to apply their learning to real life situations and pursue tertiary and post school opportunities within and beyond the Science Park.
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2016 Teacher Awards
On Thursday 27 October, 66 leaders and staff from Catholic schools and the education office were recognised for a collective 2570 years of service and 50 years of leadership at a special ceremony at St Patrick’s Cathedral. The Staff Recognition Awards were presented by Episcopal Vicar for Education and Formation, Rev Christopher de Souza EV and Executive Director Greg Whitby at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Parramatta.
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2016 Principals Masterclass
The annual Principals Masterclass, which is the key professional learning experience for principals and senior leaders from the education office, was held on 20 and 21 October at Rooty Hill RSL.
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2016 Bishop of Parramatta Award for Student Excellence
The annual Bishop of Parramatta Awards for Student Excellence which recognises the religious and academic achievement of Year 12 students across the Diocese of Parramatta, were presented at St Patrick’s Cathedral on 8 September 2016.
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2016 Ready, Set…. Read! St Agnes’ Reading Relay
On Thursday 1 September 2016, Year 7 students from St Agnes Catholic High School Rooty Hill participated in the school’s annual Reading Relay.
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2016 Way of Mercy Cross and Relics
On Monday 8 August 2016, hundreds of students, parish members and Catholic Education staff from around the diocese gathered in St Patrick’s Cathedral, North Parramatta for the official Way of Mercy launch.
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