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16/02/2015
Pride Planner

The PRIDE Planner is designed to enable parents to better support their child’s education.

The PRIDE Planner focuses on the following habits:

Living – promoting social emotional growth.

The program encourages students to become self-aware, develop self-control, become motivated, and be successful in managing relationships

Learning - teaching how to learn.

The program uses an array of learning approaches and study skills which develop curiosity and a love of learning

Thinking - teaching how to think creatively and critically.

Using Habits of Mind and higher order thinking tools students learn to transfer knowledge and skills across subjects and reflect on what they learn.

The PRIDE Planner connects students, parents and teachers. It assists with building sustainable and transparent learning partnerships within school communities. It provides regular opportunities for parents to be part of their child’s learning.

Take the time to look at how the Pride planner is set out with your child with step to build wellbeing (pp. 4-5 coloured section)

You can login to the Learning Curve website, our source for the PRIDE planner and use the tools for your family, to ensure effective use of time and ways to build wellbeing.

The Learning Curve website is  http://learningcurve.com.au/home.html 

User name:  HarristownSHS  Password:  Harristown4350

Of particular importance at this time, is the link to the forward planner and the personal timetable blank. Out students have busy lives and they may need more than one copy of the Study timetable.  They may find it easier to save the blank timetable or complete it online. Blank Study Timetables are available here: 

http://learningcurve.com.au/resources/teacher/professional-practice-support/resources-support.html

Students will receive lessons based upon the PRIDE planner and are expected to have their planner every lesson. If your child loses their PRIDE Planner and, after a reasonable time, cannot locate it, a new copy can be purchased from the P&C shop for $6.50.

Lessons during the first weeks of school:

In Week 1, students were asked to consider their time for home study. The suggested duration of Study Sessions for each year level is as follows and can include activities such as reading, pursuing tangents in their learning that they are interested in and Internet searching.

Year

Home Learning/Study Sessions

Year

Home Learning/Study Sessions

7

10 x 30mins

10

14 x 45mins

8

14 x 30mins

11

15 x 50mins

9

12 x 45mins

12

20 x 50mins

 

On the right hand page margin for each week is a Home Learning/Study Session Log. This is intended to assist students to adopt growth mindsets. After a student completes a session they should cross it off the Log.

The aim is to have the required number of sessions completed each week and achieving this will have a positive effect on their self-esteem. The frequency of positives builds their wellbeing. Having it initialled by parents each week will help the students take more responsibility for their learning and increase parental involvement.

In Weeks 2 and 3, students were encouraged to look at their time management by tracking how they spend their time and completing a personal timetable that includes all their must activities and time for study. The link for this Study Timetable is above. Senior Students received the link to the Assessment Planners, with due dates for all their Semester 1 assessment via email. These dates should be written in their Forward Planner at the back of their PRIDE Planner​.

During Week 4, we look at setting up their home study area. 

Many families find space a problem and a special study area very difficult to provide.

In these cases, the best scenario is to create as many of the features for an efficient learning/study area as possible, for example:

well lit, quiet, warm and comfortable,

a copy of their Personal Timetable and a Forward Planner on the wall,

well-resourced with stationery and a computer, away from distractions, especially TV, mobile phones and loud music on

their iPod,

quiet rhythmic music can actually enhance learning.

Studying in front of the TV is a total waste of time, because very little, if any, of the subject matter will be absorbed by students and embedded in their memories. Their brains’ attention cannot compete with the brightness, noise and movement on a TV screen.

Also, studying in bed is not beneficial. Firstly, the brain relates bed to sleep, not study, and efficient learning won’t occur.  Secondly, studying in bed will effect sleep patterns and reduce the students’ quality of health.​