Friday 15th December, 2017
In part two of the recently
held webinar at Glenvale’s Swan Hill campus, Hugo Vaughan spoke about why
forward thinking vision was so important.
At the beginning of 2017, a survey sent out to a range of businesses worldwide. The businesses were asked what the top five attributes employers wanted from students when they started work.
This is what they wanted:
1) Positive attitude
3) Team player
4) Hard work ethic
“Academic results will never cease to be important,” said Mr Vaughan, “but I can tell you one thing that academic results are not enough. It does not cut the mustard when you walk into the work place and you have a great ATAR score but you are useless to a business. Because you might have a great ATAR result but you might not be able to organise yourself properly. What good are you? But if you have the right skills, you will make a difference in your own and others’ lives. That’s what we need to do.”
It is the vision of OneSchool that every campus will have the facility and ability for students to have these attributes. Mr Vaughan said that a lot of companies in the US became very profitable during the GFC. One of the reasons was that employment went down, but those who were still employed had to become more productive and efficient meaning people also became multi-skilled.
Mr Vaughan asked the question: Can we afford to make jobs for people for the sake of it? This is why OneSchool wants to do things different and has set a vision for itself.
“Learning to learn happens regardless of your curriculum,” said Mr Vaughan. “Learning to learn takes us to the same place but by a different route. Why? Because we want our students to have a positive attitude, to be organised and to add value. Therefore we are going to things a little bit different. Still go to the same place and get the same academic results but along the way we are going to bag a whole lot of skills that are going to make us really employable. With something Canvas students have to make a decision to go and engage with their learning online. That is a skill. That is motivation. Students have to unlearn the old way of expecting knowledge to fall into your lap.”
Some parents might wonder what teachers are going to do if students are learning to learn themselves. What is the point of having a teacher? They still have plenty to do, says Mr Vaughan.
“Are teachers going to drink coffee all day?” says Mr Vaughan. “No, the teacher’s job is even more important because not every student can take the information in the same fashion. Some students will do fine. Others will go ‘this is a lot, I’m not too sure what to do’. Now when the lesson comes on Zoom or face-to-face that’s the opportunity for students to ask questions on areas where they struggle. Why would you cover areas on earthquakes in geography if everybody knows about them? You spend time on things students don’t know.”
Mr Vaughan says this method allows a good student who has covered off everything perfectly in one subject to ask a teacher if maybe they can study during – say English – for a math’s exam coming up at the end of the day because they don’t need to spend as much time on English because they are doing well.
At the end of the day, this method of teaching is designed to have a good, long-term affect on the students.
“When a student gets to the
point where they can start making good decisions about their learning we are
entering the territory of being self directed,” said Mr Vaughan. “Students need
to be an active participant in this system. Teachers become facilitators.”
Next: What is a Flipped Classroom?