Learning at Tudor House School


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Tudor House offers specialist learning for boys based on a clear vision statement and eight strategic pillars. The focus is on holistic learning - and we explain why this is important in the 21st Century. How can you be a good adult if you don't have a good childhood?

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  • Learning at Tudor House School

    1. 1. ―..the illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot readand write - but those who cannot learn, unlearn and re-learn..‖ Alvin Toffler
    2. 2. Our History• Wilfred Inman‘s beliefs:“My ideal of a headmaster is that he should supervise the whole of the work going on under his management. He should be in a position to know the individualities of each boy in his school, so as to direct his proper channels”
    3. 3. Our Foundations• Wilfred Inman‘s focus:―Educating the whole boy‖Our Motto – In Domino Confido• Mission StatementTudor House is a unique preparatory school in the Anglican tradition that strives, with high expectations, to develop considerate and compassionate boys equipped with the attitudes, habits and skills for lifelong learning in the 21st Century.
    4. 4. History of Education – why?• Each generation, since the beginning of human existence, has sought to pass on cultural and social values, traditions, morality, religion and skills to the next generation.• Institution – trust in people not your friends or family. And with boarding schools you have to trust much more than just academic learning.• What questions your trust of Tudor House? • Boarding • Boys only • Expensive • Distant • Sport on Saturdays • Too caught up in the past
    5. 5. Context Setting:International Education TrendsTrend Implication  PISA- OECD equiv of NAPLAN  International Transparency but on international scale Global playing field levelling  Finland tops global literacy and  Integrate best teaching practice numeracy rates from different philosophies  Global connectivity opening  Exploit these opportunities to new world of learning students‘ best advantage  Technology making learning  More dynamic teaching methods more dynamic required, eg Smart boards “We must bring world’s best practice to the Highlands!”
    6. 6. Context Setting:Australian Education TrendsLegislation/Trend Implication  National Curriculum: to be  All Australian States aligned bit adopted in NSW by 2014 owned by State BoS; what PD?  NAPLAN: National Assessment  Published school league tables Program:Literacy + Numeracy and accountability; narrowing  Govt Policy mandates  E-Learning crucial to achieving technology more important maximum student potential  Mandated reporting A-E  Better assessment tracking banding Better early intervention if issues“Higher Transparency, Higher Accountability, More Technology”
    7. 7. Context Setting:Global Social TrendsTrend Implication  More e-connectivity driving  Emphasis on developing social social disconnectivity skills and computer etiquette  Technology replacing tedious  Valued traits in future: creativity, jobs = less jobs for low skilled curiosity & critical thinking  Smaller families  Boarding provides larger ―virtual‖ family  Society increasingly risk  Tudor House will ―Let boys be averse= experiential loss boys‖!  Both parents working  After school care increasingly important “Valued social skills and work traits must be emphasised”
    8. 8. SOME BACKGROUNDWhy primary education is SO important for ourchildren‘s future.Have we gone mad?
    9. 9. Did You Know? If you are one in a million in China, there are 1300 people like you. China will soon be the number one English speaking country in the world. The 25% of India‘s population with the highest IQs is greater than the total population of the USA. India has more honours kids than America has kids! The top ten in demand jobs in 2010 didn‘t exist in 2004 - we are preparing students for jobs that don‘t yet exist. Today‘s learner will have 10-14 jobs by the age of 38. 1 out of 8 couples married in America last year met online. Facebook has over 800 million (rising 300 million since 2010) registered users – if it were a country, it would be the THIRD largest in the world! There are 31 billion searches on Google every month.
    10. 10. Has our society changed?• Smaller Families• Bigger houses; smaller yards• More wealth• Consumerism• Role of parents• Helicopter parenting• Nihilistic parenting• Safety paramount• Faster times• Normal is now above-normal
    11. 11. The Parent Paradox• Trying to create more confident kids is making parents more anxious – less confident!!• Trying to create safer places – is reducing our freedom of adventure• Trying to push our children to learn – is creating greater stress
    12. 12. The anxious parent paradox
    13. 13. The crowded curriculum
    14. 14. The hurried child syndrome David Elkind
    15. 15. Narcissistic Personality Disorder Self-esteem = Success/Expectations (James)
    16. 16. ADHD diagnoses in USA
    17. 17. Conduct DisorderDefinitionConduct disorder is a childhood emotionaland behavioural disorder characterized bydisruptive behaviour. Children with conductdisorder have difficulty following rules andbehaving in a socially acceptable manner.CausesWhile no specific cause of conduct disorder has been identified, the following are thought to possibly contribute to the development of conduct disorder: • Brain damage • Child abuse • Genetics • Failure in school • Traumatic life experiences
    18. 18. Conduct Disorder distributionNotice any trends?
    19. 19. SPIRITUALITYA protective shield against mental illness
    20. 20. Mental health – 1 in 5 One in four Australians aged 16–24 years had experienced some mental health disorder in the previous twelve months. In the estimates of disease burden for 2010, mental disorders account for about half of the burden in these young people.
    21. 21. Why Tudor House for Spirituality? • Focus on spirituality – Anglican • Chapel each week – with a focus on the Christian message • Charity – developing a sense of giving • Grace before meals • Focus on bible readings • Chapel choir • Special services • Sunday Chapel ServicesWe want to give our boysawareness and mindfulness
    22. 22. EMOTIONALINTELLIGENCEBeing aware of self and others is a key indicator ofsuccess
    23. 23. The marshmallow test
    24. 24. Determining future success “It’s not your IQ. It’s not even a number. But emotional intelligence may be the best predictor of success in life, redefining what it means to be smart” 1995 cover of Time
    25. 25. Emotional Intelligence (EI) Critical Factors: •Emotional self-awareness •Accurate self-assessment •Self confidence •Empathy •Emotional self-control •Influence
    26. 26. The importance of learning emotions – notjust being happy
    27. 27. Why Tudor House for EI?• Focused program – You Can Do It!• Discipline model – Positive Behaviour Management• Vertical connectedness – Colour Families• Welfare system – Colour Families• Flag Parade every morning – teachers shake hands• Thematic days – Manners Monday, Tote-Tray Tuesday, Challenge Wednesday, Friendship Friday• Daily dining together• School Counsellor onsite• Staff and Student Meetings• Moot for Year Six• Leadership training: Senior Award, Monitors, King‘s Day• Very nature of K-6 provides leadership
    28. 28. VAHS model. ignorance impulsivity narrow mindedness apathy arrogance
    29. 29. You Can Do It!
    30. 30. Intensive Behaviour Support Targeted Behaviour SupportWhole school/class behaviour Support
    31. 31. Allowing children to learn decisions
    32. 32. SOCIABILITYGetting along allows us to develop our networks ofinfluence. We should strive to have our children developinto ―hubs‖.
    33. 33. The new focus on competitionGoleman says, "Children are unintended victims of ratcheting up of competition. Their parents have to work longer and harder to maintain their parents standard of living. Kids are over-scheduled after school, you dont have the down time. And theres a technological experiment with the worlds youth. They spend more time alone, staring at a monitor than has been true ever in human history. There is relational poverty. They have less time with the people in their family. Fewer parents have the luxury of someone in the family to hang out with their kids. You dont have time as a child with the adults who care the most about you and who can help you learn these lessons, and nor is there time for free play, where you work problems out yourself. Childhood has been impoverished in that regard, particularly in affluent families. Its imperative that we put this in schools, so that at some point every day, youre getting it. In the interest of society, we need to institute social emotional learning programs."
    34. 34. Vidiot interface – not face to face• Social language cues• Connectedness• Understanding of friends• Boarding• Kids need social context in which to learn• Rewiring the brain – Dr Susan Greenfield• WoW for late night gaming• Brain candy is not nutrition• Australian Bureau of Statistics: the percentage of our waking time spent alone increased by 14% to three hours a day!
    35. 35. Why Tudor House for Social Skills?• Focus on freedom based on the chain of respect: Act responsibly – earn our respect – granted greater freedom• Playground licence system• More play-based focus with opportunities to take responsible risks• Computers for learning NOT for leisure• Daily dining at table in groups• Crazes encouraged – marbles, yo-yos, diablos• Camping out at night with mates in Year Six• Skype and web-conferencing• Link to the past – tradition shapes our environment• Flag parade every morning• Colour House ball games• Sense of community – Meyer House for parents• Special events – Kite Day, GP Day, Anzac Day, Billy Cart Day• Charity focus: Dream Cricket Day• The Year Six Dance – mixing socially with girls• K-6 gives transition. Kids in K-12 don‘t get that.
    36. 36. The Importance of Boarding Enhances Social Emphasises EILook at what boys learn:Social skills, emotionalstrength, independence, confidence, patience, resilience, persistence, connectionsforlife, organisation, communication, appreciation, routines, freedom, commitment, pe
    37. 37. ACADEMICLearning boosts confidence, knowledge and control
    38. 38. The teenage years – too late • Primary years are the wonder years, when boys still listen… mostly
    39. 39. Learning Styles • Slow Learners • Lazy Learners • Selfish Learners • Perfectionists • Gifted Learners • Stressed Learners
    40. 40. High Stake Tests• NAPLANDid you know?• There were 40 Maths questions in total• There were only 36 questions to assess Reading• There were only 25 questions for Spelling• There were only 25 questions for Grammar and Punctuation• Writing was a timed test for only 40 minutes
    41. 41. Australian children falling behind • As reported on ABC morning news – 15 November 2011: More Australian children falling behind in literacy and numeracy COAG Reform CouncilGood results coming out of primary schools but highschools not as good. We used to rank 2nd but wehave slipped down six places. Global education isimproving – number of regions, like Shanghai, Chinawere not on the field when last rated. Ourperformance has not moved ahead as many of othercompetitors.People are envious we have a NAPLAN test for allour children. A real need to focus on the transitionfrom primary school to high school.
    42. 42. How we measure• Test taking for recall
    43. 43. Levels of Being Smart
    44. 44. The need to fail..
    45. 45. Failure – it happens! And so it shouldIn the UK, it was mooted we consider a new definition of failure:Failure = Deferred SuccessWhat is happening? Are we afraid of mistakes – or are negative emotions so hardto handle we decide instead to avoid them in totality?
    46. 46. Resilience – the Tigger trait• Health benefits of being positive The death rate of socially isolated people is 2-5 times higher than those with close friends. Positive people on average live ten years longer. Resilience is a coping mechanism.
    47. 47. Why Tudor House for academics?• Small classes with exceptional teachers• Timetable – with a focus on literacy and numeracy blocks• Spotlight lessons – where teachers are peer-reviewed• Scholarship/OC class initiated in 2011• Boys‘ education specialists – only boys‘ school between Canberra and Sydney• Direct instruction programs – Spelling Mastery, Maths Mastery• Improving NAPLAN results• Writing Wall celebrations• Comprehension focus• Assessments for learning• Accelerated Reader• Inquiry based learning model• 7 boys – 7 schools but friends for life
    48. 48. We are making progress in testsNAPLAN Mean 2010 to 2011: comparison of boys (Year 5)2010 results Region (boys) State (boys) Tudor House (+/-) RegionReading 523.1 490.2 498.2 -Writing 507.3 482.7 483.5 -Spelling 511.6 492.9 481.1 -Grammar/Punct 533.9 501.2 500.8 -Numeracy 535.4 505.3 508.1 -2011 results Region (boys) State (boys) Tudor House (+/-) Region (+/-) Growth from 2010Reading 518.8 489.3 548.7 + +Writing 501.0 479.9 517.0 + +Spelling 511.0 490.4 495.4 - +Grammar/Punct 529.4 497.0 533.4 + +Numeracy 534.4 506.5 525.8 - + • Five academic GPS scholarships for 2012 • ICAS UNSW Competition: • Maths 6 Distinctions • English 5 Distinctions and 1 High Distinction (op 1% of State) • 3rd in Nowra Public Speaking Competition (first boy) • 1st, 2nd, 3rd in Chess Competition • Two out of three winning teams in IPSHA Debating competition
    49. 49. Observation – the monkey in the room
    50. 50. The weakness of prediction...For your amusement, I share Winston Churchill’s report card. Notice the comments!!• Composition – very variable• Grammar – fair• Diligence – Began term well but latterly has been very naughty! – on the whole has made progress.• Maths – greatly improved, but very uncertain• French – not very good• Weak in Geography• On the whole he has improved though at times he is still troublesome
    51. 51. Tudor House Report Card
    52. 52. PHYSICALHealthy habits need training and role-modelling. Wewant our kids to survive and thrive.
    53. 53. Diabetes in Australia - rising 552 million people could have diabetes by 2030 •From:AP November 14, 2011 10:01PM THE International Diabetes Federation predicts that one in 10 adults could have diabetes by 2030, according to their latest statistics.
    54. 54. Overweight and growing
    55. 55. Eating fruit and vegetables
    56. 56. Why Tudor House?• Blue Bar challenge• Sports carnivals – IPSHA – CIS pathways• Triathlon• Bike riding, skateboarding, skating• No tuck shop or canteen – so controlled meals• Water – no soft-drinks• We provide all meals – our focus is on wholesome, home- cooked food• Fresh fruit whenever the boys want it• Playtime is emphasised• Sport is important – as a small school we punch above our weight: 2nd in National Interschools competition, undefeated 1st XV rugby, Sports tour to Kinross, QLD cricket tour• Sport played: water polo, cricket, softball, AFL, football, rugby
    57. 57. New timetable and focus
    58. 58. CREATIVITYOur children need to be innovative and lateral – weneed to create change agents who can adopt andadapt, seeing problems as opportunities.
    59. 59. Misconceptions There are concepts we have ‗learnt‘ that are wrong. Creative thinking weakens as you progress through school. Which way is this bus going?
    60. 60. Creativity is the highest thinking skill• Creativity is a key to innovation• Based on good training – look at Picasso• Can be a shared experience• Needs to take us out of our comfort zone• Driven by passion• Linked to talent: 10000 hours rule
    61. 61. Why Tudor House for Creativity?• Woodwork and Art every week• Music program weekly• Show Case Concert• Music Tour• Eisteddfod competition• IPSHA Music Festival• Differentiated learning activities• Performances: Public Speaking, Poetry Recital, Red Cross Concert, Fancy Dress, Nativity Play, Carol Concert, Year Six Production• Dance program in Term 1 with end of term Dance Spectacular• Wakakirri competition – we came 3rd• Art Show and Fair – 2012• Play every day• Weekly assemblies• Chess competitions• Choir and singing for boys
    62. 62. ENVIRONMENTALOur children will need to appreciate, respect and protecttheir environment. We cannot continue to use – wehave to return to reuse for our resources are finite.
    63. 63. Why Tudor House for Environmental?• 160 acres of rolling farmland – space!• Kahiba program for boys• Working farm• Fishing• Base building• Science focus• Seasonal change• Paddock to Plate• Water ways – yabbies• Conservation areas• Gardening club• Contact with animals
    64. 64. TECHNOLOGYWe are preparing our children for the 21st Century –which will give such amazing opportunities and risks.
    65. 65. Computers and intelligenceComputers will be on parwith human intelligence by2029.We will be in a virtualreality – glasses to be wornwith tags interacting withour environment.Trends – boys in USA byage 21 spend 10 000 hourson computer games
    66. 66. Why Tudor House for Technology?• Arguably the best ICT infrastructure in Southern Highlands• Video conferencing suite• Interactive whiteboards in every classroom• Full audio-visual hardware in every classroom• Clickers for testing and surveys• Wireless technology• Skype for boarders• Two full class laptop trolleys for upper primary• Use of Web2.0 for communication• Every boy has email address• Database tracking for progress and reports• Headmaster is a geek!• ICT is supported by the full power of The King‘s School
    67. 67. THE RISK OF RISKTudor House retains the connections to common sensebecause we trust in our own upbringing.
    68. 68. Too noisy for neighbours!
    69. 69. Ban physical contact and fights
    70. 70. Children need risk!• Latest research September 2011 reports, in order to develop normally both physically and mentally, kids need to take risks.• Psychologists, Ellen Sandseter and Leif Kennair, wrote: "In modern western society there is a growing focus on the safety of children in all areas, including situations involving playing. An exaggerated safety focus of childrens play is problematic because while on the one hand children should avoid injuries, on the other hand they might need challenges and varied stimulation to develop normally, both physically and mentally." "Childrens Risky Play from an Evolutionary Perspective: The Anti-Phobic Effects of Thrilling Experiences" in the journal Evolutionary Psychology.
    71. 71. No risky play = risk of neurosis!It is concluded that risky play may have evolved due to this anti-phobic effect in normal child development, and it is suggested that we may observe an increased neuroticism or psychopathology in society if children are hindered from partaking in age adequate risky play.
    72. 72. Why is playtime losing out?• Parents reluctance to let their kids play outside on their own, for fear of abduction or injury, and the companion trend of scheduling lessons, supervised sports and other structured activities that consume a large chunk of a childs non- school hours.• More hours per week spent by kids watching TV, playing video games, using the Internet, communicating on cellphones.• Shortening or eliminating recess at many schools — a trend so pronounced that the National Parent Teacher Association has launched a "Rescuing Recess" campaign.• More emphasis on formal learning in preschool, more homework for elementary school students and more pressure from parents on young children to quickly acquire academic skills.
    73. 73. NEW DIRECTIONSTudor House innovates and creates. Starting next yearnew programs are on offer
    74. 74. New Programs for 2012• Learning Central• Learning for Life• Food for Learning• Boarding• Camps• Community connections• Curriculum Focus – Science and Maths• Transport links• Agriculture and cooking
    75. 75. Take a moment to predict…
    76. 76. Questions & Answers