Learning Studies is a curriculum designed to support students in their learning and to develop their attributes as learners. The program ensures that students feel a sense of belonging within the school, and are able to develop strong relationships with their Learning Studies teacher and students. Each Learning Studies Group is vertically grouped with up to 20 students from Years 10 to 12 who meet for 40 minutes every day with their teacher. Students work with the same Learning Studies teacher for their whole time at the school where possible. The student/teacher relationship is an essential part of the school’s high-quality learning environment and this is founded and developed through the Learning Studies program. Through their expertise and experience, teachers are expected to support and mentor students to plan and achieve their goals as well as act as an advocate for students. The Learning Studies teacher is the first point of contact between school and home and consistently monitors student progress and achievement.
The Learning Studies Program is a central part of the learning programs of the ASMS. The following are a key focus of the program
- Personal integration into the school life of the ASMS
- Curriculum focus – Study strategies and personal organisation, Being a self-directed learner, Growth mindset, Neuroscience of learning, Pathways, and being a global citizen among other focus areas
- The development of a Personal Learning Plan (PLP) during Year 10 which is a compulsory element of the SACE.
- An e-Portfolio that presents evidence of each students’ learning journey and evidence for the capabilities.
- Engagement with a program of activities to promote student well-being and learner resilience
- Support for pathway planning and making transitions beyond schooling
- The preparation and presentation of Learning Conversations
- The compilation of a personal profile of achievement in relation to the designated Graduate Capabilities of the ASMS and the Australian Curriculum General Capabilities.
Learning conversations are an integral part of the ASMS learning program. It is an opportunity for students to reflect on their learning journey and share this with their parents and teacher. These occur twice a year and are a compulsory part of the school reporting process.
Each term there is a fertile question that guides the curriculum that is delivered.
The Fertile questions for each term are:
- Term 1: How can I make the ASMS learning environment work for me?
- Term 2: Is effective learning all about learner choice and perception?
- Term 3: Are my options for future limitless?
- Term 4: What does it mean to be an active citizen in a 21st-century world?
The curriculum has been developed in a flexible way to provide the opportunity for each Learning Studies group to make choices about their own learning needs. There are key objectives and requirements that all students are expected to meet that are evident in all curriculum choices.
In addition to the curriculum, all students spend one session a week focusing on the development of their ePortfolio and collating evidence for each of the general capabilities. All students are also expected to participate in the Triple M activities that are conducted once a week. The Triple M activities are based on research from the field of neuroscience that indicates that student wellbeing and positive learning outcomes are achieved through regular opportunities for Mindfulness, Movement or Music. These activities stimulate brain activity and help to maintain positive student wellbeing.
This course is a compulsory part of the ASMS curriculum. All students study it throughout their time at the ASMS. The course is designed to support student learning needs and support student growth as a learner. The course curriculum is designed to develop students that are able to be successful in a range of pathways beyond school and as successful 21st-century learners both during their time at the ASMS and beyond.
All Year 10s will complete and be assessed for their Personal Learning Plan (PLP). The PLP is an entry into the SACE and provides students with the opportunity to engage in a range of tasks that are designed to help them through the completion of their SACE in Year 11 and 12.
All Year 11s will complete a series of tasks in preparation for studying at Year 12 level. These tasks are specifically designed to prepare students for the rigorous demands of Year 12. In 2016 these tasks will be assessed for SACE credits.
All Year 12s will focus on collating and presenting evidence of their learning journey and for each of the 7 capabilities. This provides the information required for the ASMS graduate certificate that all Year 12s will receive at the conclusion of Year 12.